Tis the season for holiday travel and scheduling chaos, but we’ve got the tips to fit in fitness for the season! Whether you choose to continue your fitness routine through the hectic days ahead, or give yourself permission to take a break, we’ve got you covered.
Always Pack Your Running Shoes
With a pair of good shoes, you really can run the world. And this applies at the holidays, just as much as any other time. Even if you don’t have actual workout clothes, you can lace up your running shoes and take a nice walk to get that heart rate pumping. I didn’t have quite the right fit while we were in James Island, but I was still able to log some miles before the boys got up and moving.
Make A Plan Of Attack In Advance
You know what they say: failure to plan is planning to fail. Scope out your options before you get on the road. Will you have access to a hotel gym? Is there a local boutique workout center that offers guest passes? Is it safe to run or walk in the area where you are staying? Can you schedule a race? When we traveled to Troy, Alabama, I knew finding a local race would help keep me on track.
Peer pressure makes a great accountability partner and motivator. When you’re out of town, talk your travel partner or the people you are visiting into some fitness friendly activities. It doesn’t have to be a structured event, either! If you don’t want to wrangle a group into a race or spin class, maybe ask for a buddy to take you on a walking tour of the local city or areas of interest. You can easily put in some miles while taking in the sights.
Flip The Script And Take Some Time Off
An equally valid approach to fitness during holiday travel is to just… not. We work hard all year round, and a break can really be the best decision for many of us. Kick back, and relieve yourself of any responsibilities in the workout realm. Indulge in yummy food and drinks, and just spend time doing what makes you happy, content, or fulfilled. The holidays can be hard, and there’s no reason to load yourself up with extra pressure.
Do you work out during the holidays? Or do you give yourself a break? Have anything to add to my list?