Holiday season is upon us which means you’re likely to encounter an avalanche of parties, seemingly unlimited amounts of food, and of course quality time with friends and family. It takes a laser like focus and discipline to maintain any semblance of a routine especially when it comes to eating right. Yummy Thanksgiving and Christmas treats at every passing glance? This is the struggle of all struggles, but this is also the most important time of the year to stay committed to being fit.
Below, I want to share with you 5 tips that I use to help keep me on track with my workout routine, as well as some other health tips that I’ve implemented recently.
1. Early bird gets the worm – Admittedly I have never been much of a morning person, but I recently realized how much more time-effective it is to knock the gym out of the way in the morning before work. I started out getting up early just one day a week. Then I slowly started getting up early more and more and before I knew it I had developed a comfortable new routine waking up at 6:30 am everyday to hit the gym. With daylight savings time, the sun peaks out a little earlier than usual in the mornings now which helps me “wake up” faster during my workouts.
2. Grab a workout partner – it could be your best friend, a neighbor, co-worker, boyfriend, hubby, anyone! There have been plenty of mornings when I want nothing more than to hit the snooze button over and over but the thought of having to say ‘NO’ to someone else gets me right out of bed. Fortunately my workout partner is also my alarm clock and ‘it’ does not come with a snooze button.
3. Meal Replacement – I am in such a hurry in the mornings, that I only have time to shower, get ready for work and leave. Breakfast? What’s breakfast? True, it is the most important meal of the day, which is why I compromise and take this breakfast smoothie with me right out the door. It’s packed with vitamins and protein which gives me enough energy to last me up until mid afternoon for my mid day snack.
It contains: 1 c of frozen blueberries, 1 c of orange juice, pineapple water, 3 spoonfuls of rolled oats, fresh spinach (a couple handfuls), a banana, 2 scoops of vanilla whey protein, 5 ice cubes. Yummm!
4. Switch it up – Sure, I love my weight training and cardio (on my good days), but I also love the art of yoga. I like to switch up my workouts, because doing the same thing over and over again can get old quick. I’ll take a break from the gym every once in a while by practicing yoga or exercising outside for some fresh air.
5. Stick to a schedule – Every week, I plan out ahead of time what workouts I want to do and on what days. It helps me get moving in the mornings when I go to bed the night before with an idea of what I need to do, as opposed to just winging it. Also, some workouts leave me more sore than others so spreading those out keeps me fresh. Typically I work out 5x a week and have two rest days.
This routine has worked out well for me so far and I hope the above tips are helpful and that you are able to implement some of them into your own health/fitness journey. Let me know in the comments below if you have any of your own fitness/health tips that help keep you on track. I would love to hear about them!