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Set Fitness Goals for the Holidays

Set Fitness Goals for the Holidays

Joan Schnorf

The holiday season is officially here.

Crazy, right? No sooner than you promised yourself you wouldn’t be pillaging your kids’ trick or treat bags for those fun sized Snickers, a far more intimidating group of temptations appeared on the horizon – decked out in red and green and granulated sugar.

Don’t sweat the holidays. Sweat throughout them. Workouts can be scheduled, weight gain can be avoided, and fun can be had. You just need to plan ahead.

Setting personal fitness goals for the holidays can prove invaluable when it comes to avoiding overindulgence. Here are four suggestions for setting fitness goals for the holidays to ensure neither you, nor your calendar get overstuffed.

  • As much as possible, schedule social activities in advance. Knowing an office holiday party or a family get-together is approaching can help you more successfully navigate and sidestep temptations, while maintaining a regular workout schedule at the same time. Eating a healthy meal or snack in advance of a social event can help curb your appetite somewhat, so you don’t go back for that second cookie or slice of pie. Having the next two months mapped out can also help you fit in workouts in between functions. Pack a gym bag and always have it at the ready.
  • Pace yourself. Those holiday spreads of crackers and cheeses and meats, cookies and cakes and more can be all too easy to casually peruse, while unconsciously piling up your plate with treats and – subsequently – calories. When it comes to party foods, set some time limits for yourself. Break things down by coarse and allow yourself 20-30 minutes in between plates. This ensures your stomach has time to settle in the interim and will help to prevent overeating.
  • Stay open to new opportunities. From shopping to social and school events to caroling and beyond, the holiday season is typically jam-packed with activity. Managing facetime with your fitness trainer may feel impossible, but there are ways to ensure you get enough exercise even when you can’t make it to the studio. Doing some Christmas shopping? Take a few additional laps around the mall. Set your alarm to wake you up an hour earlier and go for a brisk jog around the block. There are 24 hours in a day. Find mini 10-minute pockets between icing the cookies and dragging the decorations out of storage to do some sit-ups or crunches while watching your favorite holiday special.
  • Relax, it’s the holidays. You’re going to have a moment – or two, or three – of weakness. There are only so many gravy boats, festive sugar cookies, and chocolate covered confections one person can reasonably withstand. Be lenient with yourself. Better yet, give yourself permission to enjoy a spirited beverage or slice of pie on occasion. Just remember to enjoy those treats in moderation – AND to head back to the fitness studio when the hustle and bustle ultimately subside.

OR: get a jump on the holiday rush. Fitness Together will be offering Thanksgiving Day sessions from 7 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 28 (the studio will close at 11:30 a.m.) These special holiday sessions are not part of a regularly scheduled training day, and no standing appointments will be held.

Thanksgiving morning workouts can be scheduled directly through your trainer, or by calling 410-750-2228.

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