Tips for staying motivated during the holiday season

November 17

<p>Holiday season is quickly upon us and staying motivated throughout the next few months can be tough. Holiday parties, family gatherings, shopping and other holiday activities can lead to stressful times causing you to indulge in extra goodies and skip workouts. We all find those reasons not to workout or have that extra cookie, but there are so many reasons to keep exercising. Burning Calories – help combat those extra calories from that cookie by not skipping your workouts even if you can only get 20 minutes in, just make it a high intensity workout to burn those extra calories. You won’t have that holiday snug in your jeans and you feel better about yourself! Endorphins – speaking of feeling good about yourself! Exercise gets those endorphins going which are your feel good hormones. This will also help combat some of that stress you may feel during the holidays! Still find it hard to keep that exercise routine going. Exercise for a reason or make goals for yourself early in the new year. Christmas Light Run – best part of Christmas is all the Christmas lights. Find a neighborhood near you and run around looking at all the lights and holiday decorations. Race – find a race like a Jingle Bell Run or other local event to motivate yourself to keep training. Or sign up for a race early January/February making it more likely to keep those training runs up during the holiday. Get away from family – we all go through family overload sometime during the holidays. Make it a reason to get away from the in-laws and enjoy some alone time during all the holiday craziness. We all love the holiday season, but this year make it more fun by sticking to your workout regimen and if you need a little more motivation make plans with a friend to meet up a couple times a week to workout together. You both will survive the holidays a little bit better! Happy Holidays!</p>