Top 7 Tips to Maintain Your Workouts During the Holidays

With the holiday season, the routine is disrupted a lot.

All of a sudden, you have events to go to, parties to be at, and special traditions you have to fit into your schedule.

This can be a struggle if you also try to maintain a new habit.

If you’re getting into the gym and don’t want to disrupt the progress you’ve made, and you also don’t want any regrets when the holiday season is over, I have some tips to help you be set for success.

Tip 1: Decide If You Need To Train Or Exercise

 This is the biggest one.

Are you TRAINING or are you just EXERCISING?

If you are training and you have an event you are preparing for or a specific time-bound goal you are trying to hit, you’ll likely need to make this a priority.

 If you are just trying to maintain your gym habit, then there is less priority. It may be that you don’t even need to make a plan because it’ll just work out whenever you fit it in.

You won’t lose your gains in a month, and if you have the habit and routine already, you’ll be able to jump right back in when the calendar is more normal.

Tip 2: Plan Your Training Schedule

 So we’ve decided we’re doing this. Now, we have to decide how much we need to get done.

As we discussed with motivation, knowing how to get to where you want to be is key.

This is the time of year to understand minimal effective doses regarding training.

If necessary, plan for shorter workouts this time of year. Focus only on the big primary movements and worry less about getting every accessory in.

Tip 3: Find A Place To Train

 This one is optional, but if you’re like me, you may be out of town for an extended period of time.

If you are dedicated to your training (or need an excuse to take a break from the people you’re visiting), research the area.

Try to locate a gym that allows you to train what you want, how you want. If you are a member of a national chain see if there are any nearby.

If you are looking for something more specific, search the area for your specific needs.

For example, I need to train in Olympic weightlifting. The area I’m visiting doesn’t have many big gyms, but they do have powerlifting gyms.

I searched and found one that had bumper plates that I could do my training in, and got a 1 week membership for my time there.

Tip 4: Block Your Calendar

Now that we have a plan and a place, it’s time to make the time.

Block your calendar for the training you want to do. Define your start and end times, and stick to them to survive this season.

It’s not the time of year to be late because the gym session went long.

Tip 5: Communicate Your Plan

This is huge. This one cannot be understated.

Tell your friend, tell your partner, tell your parents, tell everyone who is trying to make plans with you what you need to accomplish.

Set the expectation that you’ll need to train from start to finish, and then you’ll be available to participate.

For most situations this is going to give you a green light to move forward with your plans. On the occasion that it doesn’t match the calendar it gives you the opportunity in advance to make the adjustment so that you can get your session in and get your plans in.

Tip 6: Be Flexible

 As I just mentioned, you have to be flexible.

It might be a work party followed by a Christmas light tour, and it takes up your whole evening, and you can’t train.

You can do it the next day or wake up and do it in the morning. Make time for your priorities, and you can accomplish them.

Tip 7: Be Gracious

Finally, be gracious to yourself and others this time of year. One missed session or even one missed whole month will not cause you to lose all your gains.

You might come back with a setback, and then it’ll quickly return to the strength levels you were at before.

We are in the slow cooker business. Slow, steady, and consistent are the biggest winners in this lifestyle.

Be kind and enjoy yourself, then come back and get into the habits again after the season. I honestly am tougher on myself in January than from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

It’s about how you are when it’s time to get back to work that matters. Prioritize your values, and you’ll be able to look back on your holiday season with pride and gladness.

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