I love this time of year! There are so many fun things to do and look forward to: Year-end functions, prize-givings, school concerts, the holidays, and time together with friends and family... The atmosphere is just different, don't you think? Unfortunately healthy choices and workouts are often the first to fly out the door when a) schedules get crammed during the year-end rush and b) the holidays finally arrive - I guess it's time to get creative, right? Here are a few ideas to help you stay on track:
1. Explore on Foot (or on Two Wheels)
I'm convinced that there's no better way to explore a holiday destination than on foot. Visiting family or friends in another city? Go on a running tour, go for a family hike, or rent some bikes and just cruise around. You'll discover way more than you ever would have in a car and file away some pretty awesome memories in the process too.
|Rent a bike and go explore!|
2. Make it Fun
Make your workouts fun and informal: Play in the waves (holiday time = summer time down here in SA, remember?), run around with the kids, or complete a fun run/parkrun together as a family. The options are endless!
|Enter a fun event with family and friends.|
3. Change your Mindset
I'm a no-excuses kind of girl, so to me it's quite simple: Would I want to take a break from feeling and being fit and healthy during the holidays? Of course not! Then why would I want to take a break from being active and making healthy choices during the holidays? The two kinda go together, right...?
4. Set a New Year's goal
Why not enter a race or event that takes place early in the new year? Nothing to keep you motivated to train like a paid-up race registration.
5. Buddy Up
Get a partner in crime: Team up with a fitness buddy and keep each other accountable. Schedule some fun early-morning or lunchtime workouts - why not try a dance class or two? And why not end it all off with a healthy breakfast or smoothie date?
|Healthy breakfast dates for the win!|
Thanks to the ladies from Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed up for What? and Mar on the Run for the opportunity to share these tips as part of their Friday Five link-up. Enjoy the rest of 2015!