Can you believe it’s already November? The days are getting colder and shorter. Our schedules are changing and our motivation is relaxing. And you know what? That’s okay. Schedules change all the time, all throughout the year, not just around the holidays. You don’t need an extra special fitness plan for the holidays. You just need a few ideas for anytime your schedule changes, which let’s face it is a lot, the only constant in life is change after all. It’s important to learn how to roll with it, adjust and keep moving forward.
Here’s a few tips on how to deal with schedule changes, whether it’s due to holiday obligations or not:
You don’t need to build overly complicated checklists into your calendar, but it’s helpful to have a basic plan. Maybe every Sunday night, you look two weeks ahead and see what’s going on. If you notice you have a lot coming up that, and you’re unable to do your normal three longer workouts that week, maybe try for three short ones. Just because you don’t have the time to do what you’d normally would, doesn’t mean you bail on the whole endeavor.
Don’t deprive yourself
Any attempt at restriction will eventually lead to overindulgence. When you’re planning meals and snacks, make sure your plan is full of nutritious delicious foods, and not things you don’t enjoy but feel obligated to eat, because some TV doctor wrote an article about it. Eat foods that taste good and are nutritious. And be sure to include fun foods you enjoy that don’t have any nutritional value because practicing restriction will eventually lead to overindulgence. If you don’t practice restriction throughout the year, you won’t feel the urge to let loose over the holidays.
Work with what’s possible
Maybe you normally go to the gym, but terrible weather has you home-bound, or some unexpected deadline kept you in the office longer. Find time to do something where you are. Even 20 minutes a day is better than nothing. Short daily exercises for maintenance is better than playing catch up a month from now when you finally have the time again. At a loss for ideas? YouTube and Instagram have tons of ideas for at home workouts in small spaces with limit tools.
Support and Accountability
Some people love to work-out alone because it’s their getaway time. But for the rest of us, finding a fitness buddy brings energy and excitement to our workouts. Exercising with a friend is great, it keeps you accountable, you told your buddy you’d meet them at the gym, its lame to bail. Fitness with a friend is fun, you get in some laughs, some social time, and a bonding experience as you sweat and suffer together. It makes the time go faster and the next day you have someone to text and brag about how sore you are.