Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Keeping Fit over the Holidays with Kim Holmes

5 Ways to Make Your Holiday Fitness Routine Stick

by: Kim Holmes, Personal Trainer and Founder of My Fit Coach

Oh the holiday season! It’s a busy time of year and the whole fitness thing is usually the first thing that we knock off our plate. I get it!
However, movement/ activity/ fitness...whatever you want to call it is actually the BEST tool in your toolbox this holiday season. Yes it will  help you to burn off a few extra cookies but it will also help you manage your stress AND boost your mood. ALL very important things during one of the busiest times of the year.

As a Personal Trainer, I really really want to help you keep fitness in the mix this holiday. So I’ve compiled a few of my best tips to make your Holiday Fitness Routine stick this year.

1. Just Move

You don’t need any more stress at the holidays. So let’s NOT stress about HOW you workout. Just plain old MOVE your body in ANY way that works for you. Walk, run, stretch, toboggan, go ice skating. Don’t overthink it. Just move as much as you can whether it’s “traditional” exercise or not. You’ll still reap all the benefits including boosting your mood, decreasing your stress levels and you MAY even have fun!

2. Keep it Quick

Your fitness routine does NOT have to take a ton of time. And since the holidays are busy, why not look at a short but effective way to train? HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts can help you increase your aerobic capacity, increase your strength AND  lower your risk of diabetes in as little as 4 minutes. Check out the HIIT Cardio Workout in the FREE 12 Days of Fitness Online Challenge to get you started today.

3. Schedule it in

You may have heard the saying “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” This couldn’t be MORE true, especially when it comes to exercise. Let’s face it, exercise is NOT easy and when we’re busy we are far more likely to put it on the back burner until January. My clients have had great success from planning their workouts ahead of time and I’d love for you to do the same.

   Sit down with your planner on the weekend and look ahead at the following week. Decide what days are absolutely “off limits” and what days you can fit something in. Aim to schedule 3 or more workouts in on those days. Bonus marks for putting in  EXACTLY what you’re doing as well as time of day. The more specific, the more likely you are to stick to it.

4. Buddy Up

We are human and we will all come up with every excuse in the book to skip our workout...especially when your holiday to do list needs some checking off. Everyone needs a little bit of accountability here...including trainers and coaches!

Join a fitness class with a friend, hire a trainer, challenge your office to a fitness challenge or post your goals on social media.  Whatever option you choose, building in some level of support is key. A coach or friend will challenge you to work harder, push through obstacles or call your bluff when you are making excuses.

5. Skip the Gym

Yup you heard correctly. Skip it altogether.

Instead, try moving your workout to your living room. You’ll save a ton of valuable time and stress (holiday traffic anyone?!). Think about it,  by the time you pack up all your gym stuff (and maybe even your kids who may or may not want to cooperate with your plan) and drive to the gym, it's already been 30-45 min and you haven't even worked out yet!
You don't need a lot to get started on home workouts and you don't have to invest a ton of money. Grab a few sets of dumbbells, resistance bands, a stability ball or just use your own bodyweight. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just move your body, get a little sweat going and I guarantee you’ll be done your workout in no time.

While all these tips sound great on paper, it can be difficult to actually implement them Or to know where to start. I don’t want you to worry about one more thing this Holiday season. So I’ve taken care of ALL the fitness stuff for you with my FREE 12 Days of Fitness Online Challenge. This is the year you will:

  • take care of yourself over the holidays so you feel strong, fit and healthy every single day
  • Keep your bod moving in December (even if it’s only a little bit each day) rather than waiting until Jan 2nd. Every little bit counts!
  • Manage the Motherload of stress that comes with being a busy lady at the holidays

Every day from Dec 11th- Dec 22nd, you'll receive:

  • A 12 minute "real time" strength, cardio, core or Yoga workout video that you can do at home

  • A health, fitness or nutrition tip to help you navigate the holiday season healthfully.
  • Access to the 12 Days of Fitness Facebook group where you can interact with me as well as other challenge participants and receive a ton of support.

Can't wait to sweat with you! Have a wonderful, healthy and Happy holiday season from My Fit Coach.
Kim Holmes is a Personal Trainer and the Owner of My Fit Coach. She helps busy Moms and women care for their bodies (and minds) through Online Fitness and Nutrition Programs. As a Mom of two young sons, she understands that you don’t have hours to spend at the gym. Her Online Programs are efficient, fun and most importantly, they make fitness fit into your REAL life.
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