Tips & Tricks for How to Balance Fitness & Fun This Holiday Season
Balancing fitness and fun during the holidays can feel like a full-time job. Between holiday gatherings, gift shopping, events, and other priorities, our fitness and wellbeing can fall by the wayside. Here are five tips for how you can prioritize fitness while still having fun this holiday.
1. Re-Organize Your Fitness & Wellbeing Goals
It’s okay to adjust your fitness goals while trying to balance your holiday schedule. When a 60-minute exercise doesn’t make it on the schedule, see if a 30-minute HIIT workout does. A HIIT workout, high-intensity interval training, incorporates several repetitions that alternate between minutes of high-intensity movements to significantly increase the heart rate, allowing a full workout in a shorter period of time.
2. Prioritize Bodyweight Workouts
If the gym isn’t on the horizon, use bodyweight workouts at home to still incorporate fitness into your daily routine. Squats, lunges, burpees, and pushups are all examples of bodyweight workouts that you can perform at home.
3. Make Self-Care a Priority
While fitness is important during the holidays, so is self-care. Self-care looks different for each person. It can be taking a spa day, committing to a meditation routine, or reading a book. Make sure your self-care sessions make it on the schedule during the holidays.
4. Create a Healthy Family Tradition
One of the best ways to stay active during the holidays is to make it a family affair. Take the family on a nature walk, participate in a local holiday run/walk, or adventure a family bike ride. Find the perfect fitness activity for you and your family and create a new healthy holiday tradition the entire family will enjoy.
5. Fitness While Traveling
Fitness doesn’t have to stop while traveling. Squeeze in a stretch session at the airport before you board a flight, take a break at the rest stop to get a quick exercise in on your road trip, and utilize virtual workouts while staying with family and friends.
The Center for Health & Wellbeing encourages the community to focus on their fitness goals through our many amenities available like the free and open-to-the-public, fitness-focused Community Education programs, indoor walking track, and the membership-based Crosby Wellness Center, the state-of-the-art fitness facility inside CHWB. Learn more about the fitness offerings at the Center for Health & Wellbeing here.