The festive season is upon us with all the extra opportunities for catching up with friends and family, travel and change in routine. Many people justify that this season is just once a year and they will deal with any weight gain or fitness losses during the New Year. However it is easier to take preventive measures during the holiday season. – and more fun too! Remember you have been working hard to achieve your goals, so now is not the time to loose track and slip back into old habits.
Fitness and weight loss goals are important but if you are currently exercising to for injury rehabilitation or prevention or management of chronic disease – taking a complete break over the holidays may cause more pain than it is worth.
Whether you are off on an around the world vacation or prefer to take time off for a stay-cation, embrace your new found (temporary) freedom and get out there and active, now is the perfect time to try something new. Being away from the gym/sporting clubs/classes may just be the thing you need to spice up your fitness.
- Moderate activity such as a walk before a meal will help to curb your appetite.
- Take the family for a walk after Christmas lunch. It may not be a brisk walk but it will keep everyone away from the leftovers.
- Incorporate aerobic activity into every day’s activities.
- Take an early morning swim
- Walk or run along the beach at sunrise or sunset before the day gets too hot.
- Can’t get to the gym for a few weeks? – grab a swiss ball and book, and inflate the ball once at home or at your holiday destination
- Plan family outings and vacations that include physical activity (hiking, backpacking, swimming, etc.)
- Make a date with a friend to enjoy your favorite physical activities. Do them regularly.
- Play your favorite music while exercising, something that motivates you.
- Take dancing lessons. Hit the dance floor on fast numbers instead of slow ones.
- Join a recreational club that emphasizes physical activity.
- When golfing, walk instead of using a cart.
- Join in on a cycle tour- this is the perfect way to sightsee around new cities.
- Pack your runners – being prepared is the first step. Having your shoes ready to go will increase the likelihood of putting them on and getting active. No room? Roll up clothes or socks and put them inside the shoe- instant space saver
- Sign up to a local yoga class.
- Therabands are a great piece of equipment that you can fold up and take in your hand luggage. Nearly the entire body can get a workout with this little gem and best of all, you can use them in minimal space. Not sure what to do with them? See an Exercise Physiologist to have your own theraband holiday program made for you.
- Make a plan! Do some research, does your hotel have a gym or pool, are there any cool hikes nearby, are there surfing lessons offered at a nearby beach. Include your travel buddies in this plan and try to stay active together.
- Take a ball to the park with the kids and have a kick around.
- Fly a kite at the beach
- Take the stairs: oldie but a goodie, and finally….
- Take your gym with you – see your Exercise Physiologist before you travel for a mobile version of your program!
The opportunities are endless! Get out and about at all opportunities. We would love to hear your top tips for staying in shape over the silly season too!
Positive Actions from Positive thoughts. When undertaking a lifestyle change you are constantly modifying your thoughts and planning appropriate actions. It often takes considerable time before these behaviour modifications are “automatic” The festive season certainly provides us with some challenges when attempting to alter our lifestyle in order to meet particular health objectives. If things aren’t going to plan, take a moment to look objectively at the situation. If you haven’t met exercise goals it isn’t ‘the end”. As soon as you realise you have not done what you had planned, then re-establish control of the situation. But don’t stress and keep things in perspective. It is after all, the summer holidays.