As a personal trainer going on 12 years, I've found the winter is the most difficult time for people to consistently exercise. Finding ways to stay active during December can be a challenge, but it's key for keeping your weight and stress levels down during the Holiday season. Below are some of my top recommendations for staying motivated in the month of December.
1. Start a challenge
There's a reason shows like The Biggest Loser were so effective and one of them is competition! Find some co-workers, friends or family members and develop a friendly step challenge for the month of December. Get everyone to chip in a few dollars towards a grand prize winner and you'll be surprised how hard everyone works.
2. Find a fit workout buddy
There will be times you don't feel like getting out of bed for a walk or heading to the gym in the cold, but if you have a friend waiting you don't have much of a choice. Find someone who's at a similar fitness level or even a little bit more advanced to push you when you need it. Make sure your schedules match up and create a plan to get together a few times a week.
3. Schedule your workouts ahead of time
Treat your workouts like you would any other appointment. Write them down in your planner or phone in advance and don't budge the days and times for other events. Remember your health is just as important as anything else you have going on and your workouts should be treated as top priority!
4. Create a rewards system
Maybe there's a new pair of boots you've been eyeing or a restaurant you've been dying to try. Set a goal for December of how many times you'd like to get to the gym, and when you hit that goal you're allowed to treat yourself. Hold yourself accountable to meeting that goal in order to earn your reward!
5. Pay in advance
If you're financially committed to a workout class or training session you feel a higher level of responsibility to show up. Find a Winter series of bootcamp classes or hire a personal trainer to ensure you keep moving all season long.
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The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.