If you want to get back into a healthy fitness routine after the holidays, then you’re in the right place! Read on for my tips to be able to ease yourself back into working out after the holidays.
The holidays can be such a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. They’re filled with laughter, quality time and great food.
Lots of great food, am I right?
After a while of eating more than you typically do and going off a fitness routine, you’ve probably noticed it’s harder to get back at it! I’m doing things a little differently this year for myself and wanted to share my tips with you!
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- DON’T FEEL GUILTY! About anything! No matter how much food you ate or how much you did (or didn’t) workout.
- Create a plan for when you’re ready to get back to your fitness routine. (I promise it’ll help!)
- Go easy on yourself at first and don’t feel pressured to go too hard. Your workouts should be for you!
- Journal workouts so you know what you did and be able to plan for next time.
Let’s dive in then, shall we?
Don’t feel guilty!
It seems at lot of us have this unfortunate trait where we’re harder on ourselves than we should be. I’m not any different and it’s something I’m working on everyday.
In years past, I would’ve had a negative reaction to how much food I ate or how little I worked out. This had a negative effect on the holiday itself for me! And I know I’m not the only one!
I want to make sure that you stay present in your time with family and enjoy every bite! Take the time to enjoy your traditions and not have negative thoughts like, “I’ll regret this later”.
I’m here to remind you to take time with your friends and family and not waste time feeling guilty!
Sometimes with food, we have this bad habit of giving food a positive or negative emotion.
The same goes for working out, too! If you’re spending quality time with those you love, don’t feel bad if you weren’t able to workout! When you look back on your life, you’ll be glad you lost track of time with loved ones rather than stress about a workout.
If you’re reading this after the holiday season, then get ready! It’s the perfect time to get back into your routine!
Have a plan for when you’re ready to get back into a fitness routine after the holidays
We all are busy with our lives, especially when right when we’re trying to get into a fitness routine after the holidays. It’s the time to catch up on anything we’ve been putting off!
This is why being intentional with your workout is key. I think wasting time is one reason why getting back to working out is difficult. This is obvious if you’re working out from home or at a gym.
I don’t know about you, but I waste a lot of time when I don’t feel like working out. I check my phone too often, take too long filling my water bottle or just walk on the treadmill on auto-pilot.
If this sounds familiar, then you need an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish before you get there!
If you plan on heading to the gym, check out my post “4 Ways to Maximize Your Time at the Gym“. This post will give you my tips to get the most out of your time there!
But, no matter if you plan on taking classes, heading to the gym or doing a workout at home, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for the week! This way, you’re more likely to stick to the schedule you made.
I talk about this in my other post as well, but a good tip is to put your workouts in your calendar like an important meeting you couldn’t miss. Even being able to see your workout written down can be the slight nudge you need to follow through with your workout plan!
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Use this action inspired (and free) journal to uncover your true motivation for working out (not just to lose weight), help you create a plan and beat excuses.
Go Easy on Yourself!
If you had a fitness routine heading into the holidays and took a break from it, you may need to ease back into your routine. If you’re a driven person, it’s definitely easy to overwhelm yourself and push a little too hard.
It’s ok to take a break during your workout, or even just shorten it!
No matter what type of workout you do, you can take your workout at your own pace. It’s the same if you’re working out at home, at the gym or at a studio in a class.
If you’re at home or the gym, this is obviously pretty easy to do. You can take a moment to slow your heart rate and reconnect with your breath.
Don’t think you can’t go easy in a studio class, though. No matter if you’re in a yoga studio, HIIT, or pilates, the instructor is there to put you at ease and push you. But not PAST your limit!
If you are coming back into a fitness routine after a hiatus, let your instructor know before class. They should be more than happy to help modify the workout moves to help you!
I hope these tips help you get back into a fitness routine after the holidays! If you have similar struggles with getting back at it, I wanna know! Leave a comment below or DM me on Instagram at @MonicaChats and let’s keep the conversation going!
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