8 Tips for Staying Fit During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us my friends.

Did you know that the average weight gain between Thanksgiving and New Years is 4 to 5 pounds?

It seems almost inevitable that we overeat too often and exercise too little during this time of the year!

I have devised a list of tips and tricks you can use to stave off the holiday pounds.

  1. Put together an exercise/running plan ahead of time. Preparation is key here. Having a plan will help you stick with your routine.
  2. Seek consistency, not perfection. The holidays are filled with unexpected visitors, events and parties. Chances are you won’t have the ability/time to be as disciplined as you were during the year, which is totally okay!
  3. Keep a pair of running shoes and a set of clothes in your car. Try to fit a workout in whenever you can: before you go to the grocery store, while your tires are being rotated, or on your lunch break. This is a great way to save some time during your hectic day.
  4. Find an exercise challenge to participate in. Check out Coach Jenny’s Holiday Challenge, or the RunToTheFinish #HolidaySweat Challenge. Or better yet, grab a buddy and create your own!
  5. Sign up for a TurkeyTrot or a JingleBell Run. This is a great motivator to stay in shape and burn some extra calories.
  6. Get it out of the way. As we all know, the holidays are filled with distractions. Do yourself a favor and workout in the morning before your plans have a chance to be derailed.
  7. Mix it up. Try a new workout class, go for a walk with your kids, or hop a bike. Finding new ways to work out will make exercising over the holidays much more interesting and exciting.
  8. Only got 10 minutes? Go run a mile, do a HIIT workout, or some yoga. Exercising for 10 minutes is wayyyyyy better than doing nothing at all.

Happy Holidays everyone!



7 thoughts on “8 Tips for Staying Fit During the Holidays

  1. Wenaissance says:

    Good tips. I love cheese & crackers and used to waste a lot of calories on that when I went to parties. Now when I’m at parties I only eat what I can’t have anyplace or anytime else and I try to make sure I have something healthy to balance it out…like hitting up the fruit and veggie platters.


  2. Mark Cumicek says:

    Great stuff. I think the biggest message is that even if you only have 10 – 15 minutes… use it and do something! We can all find 10 minutes each day to stay consistent and stay active. I’m a fan of starting a streak of some sort this time of year – whether it be running or another activity or combination of activities. I started a running streak on Nov. 1 committing to run for at least 10 minutes for as many consecutive days as possible. Just the presence of the streak has led to activity that I otherwise would have surely passed on. Enjoy the holidays!!!!!!


  3. seabe says:

    Agreed – just do it! My logs from last Dec shows from 25th 8 days consecutive training, one day break (2 Jan) and then two more hard days. Mixed up running and MTB training, that is…

    I try to motivate myself by saying nobody else will be training, so use this time to your advantage.

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