With so many fun and exciting activities to participate in over the holidays, it’s no wonder that fitness often takes a back seat to concerts, parties, shopping and dinners out.
While I’m a firm believer in “less is more” at Christmas time, I also know that abandoning my fitness routine until the new year will definitely turn me into fitknitGRINCH.
Why not give those fun holiday activities a little friendly competition for your time? Make fitness fun!
5 tips for making holiday fitness fun
- add a holiday theme to your regular workout. Once a year, I treat my step class to holiday-themed choreography. It’s always fun to see the looks on their faces when they finally figure out what I’m up to. If you’re a step aerobics instructor, feel free to borrow the pattern below. Make sure not to tell your participants what’s up and let me know how far into the pattern you got before the ‘lights came on’ in your class!
- create a seasonal playlist. Music can make or break a workout. Sometimes a new playlist is exactly the motivation I need to get myself to the gym. How about a seasonal playlist? I love the songs on this one!
- participate in a holiday-themed fitness event. Every year, on January the 1st, my community hosts a Penguin Plunge; a quick, or not so quick, dip into the waters of the inlet to celebrate the start of the new year. If you don’t live seaside, look for a Jingle Bell Jog or Reindeer Run in your community.
- take friends and family to the gym. When family and friends come to visit, it’s often difficult to justify leaving them home alone while you head to the gym. Why not take them with you? It’s just as easy to get caught up on adjacent ellipticals as it is plunked on the couch in front of the fire. And personally, I find cardio time to go by much more quickly when I’m distracted by good conversation!
- dress in festive fit gear. Most of you probably already know that dressing for fitness is always a good motivator. Treat yourself to a new workout top in red, green or sparkly silver (the perfect colour to go straight from the gym to a dress up event; don’t forget to slap on a little deodorant first…).
And if all else fails,
Wishing you and yours a healthy holiday and a fitness-filled new year!
There’s still plenty of time to register for the New Year’s session of my online group training for women over 40. I’d love to help you reach your 2014 health and fitness goals!