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‘Tis the season! The Holidays are here and so it begins. Bring on the Christmas parties, family gatherings, Christmas programs, shopping, decorating and wrapping of the presents. You may be asking yourself “How do I stay on track with my fitness during this busy time of year?” One of the easiest things to eliminate during this busy time is your exercise routine. Here are a few tips that can hopefully keep you on track this holiday season.

Make a plan - Write it down on your schedule and make exercise an appointment. If you have it written down and put it on your schedule, you may be more likely to stick with it.

Make sleep a priority – Are you getting the recommended amount of sleep during this busy time of year (7 to 9 hours)? If not, your exercise routine may be the first to suffer.

Exercise in the morning – If you do it at the start of the day, you may be more likely to fit it in before your day gets too busy. I am a morning exerciser and I find that I have way more ambition to get it done earlier instead of waiting later in the day when I am tired or I have other family commitments to take up my time.

Plan in advance – Will you be traveling during the holidays? I am always one to check ahead at hotels to make sure they have a workout room. While away, you could always visit another YMCA and use your membership there. If there isn’t a YMCA, most gyms allow for day passes.

Take advantage of the season – Exercise doesn’t always have to be at the gym. Go ice skating, sledding or skiing with the family.

Ditch the long workouts – You don’t have to exercise for an hour to get a good workout. A quick 20 – 30-minute HIIT workout incorporating both cardio and strength can be highly effective. The YMCA has some 30-minute classes on our schedule as well.

Exercise at home – Maybe you don’t have time to make it to the gym. A quick walk around the neighborhood or on your home treadmill can do the job. If you don’t have a home treadmill, you could always try a fitness app or even a home workout video.

If you miss a workout or two, don’t sweat it. Try to get right back on track and you will be just fine. Enjoy this special time of year with your family, friends and loved ones.

The YMCA will be offering a 3-week Y-Lose it program starting in January. This program will be designed for the beginner exerciser who needs guidance with starting an exercise routine. You can call the YMCA for more information.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your Columbus Family YMCA!

Rachele Eller is a personal trainer/wellness coordinator for Columbus Family YMCA.


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