Okay, maybe you haven’t been 100% consistent with your workout plan, but you’re feeling good about it and have made decent progress!
Now enters: Christmas holiday travel (or any holiday season)
Perhaps your holiday looks like this:
A long road trip to visit the in-laws, crammed into a small house with other relatives (or maybe you lucked out with a hotel room?), days filled with socializing and food (and drink!)….anything but your daily routine.
There goes that regular workout routine.
(Funny how we can miss the routine and structure a regular day brings…)
You’ve read all the typical canned fitness advice about ‘beating the holiday weight gain’ and ‘staying fit this holiday season’, but it’s all easier said than done.
I got you!
(I don’t want you to lose that great progress you’ve made towards your fitness and healthy living goals either!)
And that’s why I’m giving you my 5 strategies for not sacrificing your fitness progress during holiday travel.
Before we dive in, keep this in mind;
You have fitness goals.
This isn’t just another ’30-Day Challenge’ for you, you’re working towards creating a healthier and fitter lifestyle.
And only you are in charge of making this lifestyle happen. You’re the one making the decisions, not anyone else because no one else is going to reach those goals for you.
So put on your big-girl pants, grab a coffee, and let’s dive into these 5 strategies together 🙂
5 Strategies to Not Sacrifice Your Fitness Progress
1. You’re Not Weird
I use to tell both myself and others this when people asked, why I ate healthy and moved my body every day.
‘I’m just weird’, I’d say.
But that’s not true, I’m not weird, you’re not weird, we just have different lifestyles.
We’re either all normal or all weird.
Because think; if you were surrounded by a family and friends that were health-focused, you wouldn’t be weird; I bet you’d all be doing a workout together!
So when you have a workout planned and the only place to do it is in the over-decorated, frumpy bedroom at your aunt’s, you make it happen and you own that.
And when you turn down a second-helping of holiday baking you don’t make an excuse for it. You just say, ‘no thank-you’.
You’re the one making the decisions, not anyone else because no one else is going to reach those goals for you.
I also challenge you to share your fitness goals with the those around you. People love helping others reach their goals, including fitness goals. You may feel that when your mother-in-law offers you her holiday baking for the fifth time that it’s an attempt at sabotaging your goals, but it’s not.
She just has different goals and lifestyle than you and may not understand yours.
So fill her in!
Plus you may find out that your mother-in-law is struggling with fitness goals of her own and she needs your help.
Who knows, maybe you’ll start a tradition of doing a family holiday-workout together.
You’re not weird, you’re you with your own goals and lifestyle. Own it.
2. Create Your Fitness Plan
Think of it this way, you have a regular work-life routine:
Wake-up, workout, eat breakfast, work, come home, do fun stuff in the evening…you get the idea.
But you know as well as I, a holiday means breaking-free from that routine.
I bet you don’t have a ‘holiday travel routine’, you just do whatever you feel like, whenever!
Go out for dinner the 3rd night in a row? Sure! Eat breakfast at 11am? Why not! Go ice-skating, snowshoeing, and skiing all in one day? Sounds fun!
Rather than simply hope you’ll find the time or remember to workout (because we know that hasn’t worked in the past), create your ‘holiday fitness routine’ ahead of time.
Map out in your mind or in your phone, the what, where, and when you’ll get some exercise in. That could mean changing your regular evening workouts to the morning or incorporating fun workouts throughout your trip that involve your family.
The key point is that if you fail to plan you plan to fail (yes, so cliche).
3. Remove Barriers
“It’s cold and snowy outside and I have no way to get to the gym!”
Ever told yourself something like that?
We know if we put our mind to do it, we could get ourselves to the gym, but it’s A LOT harder when it’s cold, snowy, and far away (i.e. Barriers exist)!
So give yourself a break and make it really, stupid easy to get your regular fitness in. Remove those barriers!
When the only place to do a workout is in the over-decorated, frumpy bedroom at your aunt’s, you make it happen and you own that.
If you’re a gym-goer and staying in a hotel, you could:
- Search ahead of time for a hotel that has a (decent) gym
- Bring resistance bands with you to workout in the room
- Find bodyweight workouts beforehand that you can do anywhere
If you’re a yogi, that could mean:
- Bringing a yoga mat with you to get in your daily practice
- Finding a nearby yoga studio before you book your hotel
You created your fitness plan, now remove the barriers that stand in your way!
4. Find a Travel Community
In your day-day life you’re probably a part of a fitness community; a place where you feel supported in your health and fitness journey. It could be the gym you go to, a run group you’re a part of, a friend that you swap workout tips with, or an online group you connect with.
When you travel your community may not be there with you, especially if it’s a physical place. Why not find a travel-community when you leave on your holiday?
Think of it like a church. You may not be religious but if you were, you’d search for a church to attend your weekly service at when you’re out of town. Of course you’d pick a church that is the religion you practice, so when you walk in you feel like you instantly belong.
A travel community should do just that.
- Gym or fitness class you drop in at
- If you’re a Crossfitter, a local Crossfit box
- Run group you join in on
- Wrangle the family and friends you’re visiting, to join you in your workouts
I bet you’ll be 100% more likely to stick with your holiday fitness plan if you have a community supporting you!
5. Make It An Experience
It’s Christmas only once per year (if you celebrate) and its not every day you’re traveling, so have fun with it!
Why not give one of these ideas a try:
- Airport waiting-area workouts
- Working-out in your aunt’s spare room that is (overly) decorated
- Use random objects in your hotel room to act as weights for your workout
- Gamify your workout; give your exercises holiday-themed names or let a deck of cards prescribe your workout (each suit is a different exercise and the number is the amount of reps you do)
- Workout in the snow outside (cold exposure training?!)
Rather than approach it like a chore, approach your workout plan as a fun experience!
Don’t let a change in your regular routine throw off your journey towards your fitness goals. Remember, you’re creating a fitness lifestyle, one that will be a part of your life no matter the day or where you are in the world.
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