The calendar doesn’t lie—it’s December…the time of the year when holiday celebrations are in full force. Your body won’t lie either once the holiday season is over—if you don’t make your fitness a top priority during the busy weeks ahead. Admittedly, this can be difficult to do, that’s why we’re sharing these tips to help you keep fit over the holidays:

  1. Make a pact not to overload your schedule with too many events so that you don’t have time to exercise. Carve out your regular workouts in your holiday calendar and make them non-negotiable!
  2. Create active events for your friends and family. Instead of hosting meals or movie-a-thons try ice skating or participating in a group hike or fun run.
  3. Get moving to manage your mood. While the holidays are fun, they can also stir up sadness, especially if you have friends or family that you cannot be with. Maintaining a regular fitness routine helps you better manage emotions and can even help to relive negative feelings.
  4. Incorporate movement into holiday preparations. Getting ready to celebrate, often involves shopping and a lot of errands! You can use these outings to walk a little more by parking further away from your destination or even walking or biking to where you need to go (weather permitting, of course).
  5. Get enough sleep. If you are physically tired, you will likely move less and not feel like working out. Try to stay on your regular sleep schedule through the holidays so that you have the energy to exercise and one less excuse not to do it!
  6. Exercise with a group. If you commit to a group fitness class or to meet a friend for a run, you are much more likely to hold yourself accountable for making your workout happen. A convenient option for group fitness classes in Lenawee County are our new 3D FIT classes in Adrian, Tecumseh and Brooklyn.

If you exercise regularly, you likely know that when life gets busy, it’s easy to let your fitness routine slide. However, it doesn’t have to be that way! Use the tips above to make keeping fit a top priority over the hectic holiday season.