If you find it challenging to stay motivated to keep your fitness goals this time of year, here are some holiday tips – from going for a walk to swapping rum and eggnog for water – from 7 health and fitness experts!
No matter how motivated you are, it can be difficult to stick to your workout and diet plan during the hectic holiday season. These experts can help!
"The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, but I recognize that it has the potential to be hard on my health. To alleviate the potential negative impacts of the season, I recommend making sure workouts are in the morning so you don't get distracted later in the day by parties, events or other holiday hoopla. I also recommend getting plenty of rest and maintaining lists to stay organized and stress-free."
– Chris Freytag, American Council on Exercise
certified personal trainer, health coach and group fitness instructor
US News and Health
“Why wait for January? Kick start your resolution and give yourself the gift of fitness! Push yourself to make that stretch between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve a chance to start the new year already a new you.”
– Shelley Sinegal, master fitness instructor
"When I'm traveling for the holidays, I always have resistance bands in my luggage – they're a great way to get in a workout if I'm stuck in a hotel or away from home."
– Renee Yeoman, Personal Trainer
Muscle & Fitness
“After lunch and dinner, we go for a mini walk around the block (or office/house if the weather is too severe). Even if it's only 10 minutes or less, we do our best to move and it's a great time to talk.”
– Sarah Koszyk, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta.
"I almost always give at least a few fitness-related gifts a year. This year I’m giving some workout tanks to my sister-in-law and a pair of new running shoes to my mom. I’ll also probably gift a few healthy cooking items."
– Jennifer Walters, Fitness Blogger
Dot Com Women
"One thing you can do over the holidays is don't have your trigger foods in the house. If you love a certain type of cookie or a certain type of cake, buy the one you don't like, you won't be as tempted."
– Patricia Bannan, Dietitian
ABC 7 Food Coach
"Drink lots of water on a night out. Don't be afraid when your friends are offering to buy you drinks to ask for a sparkling water with some lemon. I always fall back on the 'tomorrow is a big day and I need to be on form' excuse."
– Celest Pereira, Wanderlust Ambassador and Yoga Teacher
"But remember, it's totally cool to indulge – it's the holidays after all! You may eat and drink more during the holidays, and if so, push yourself harder and a little longer during your workouts."
– Michael Blauner, Celebrity Trainer
During the busy and exciting holidays, don't let your fitness goals get crossed off the list. Try these expert tips for staying on track.
Catherine Russell is Būband's Content Manager