Staying Motivated and Fit During the Holidays

The busy holiday season leaves little time to focus on fitness. Taking it one step at a time and incorporating small amounts of exercise into each day will help you to maintain your fitness level and combat holiday weight gain. It is also a time of the year when many people have trouble staying on track with their fitness goals or if just getting started, finding the motivation to continue staying on task. Here are a few ideas that can help you avoid the plateau, stay motivated, and either continue towards your current goal or take the first step in discovering the New You!

Set a goal – Make this specific to what’s important to you. It could be saying to yourself, “I will start exercising 3-5 days a week” or “I want to get into a smaller size”. Whatever the goal is write it down and then get out and make it happen!

Positive influences – Surround yourself with people and tools that will add to your overall well being and are supportive of your health and fitness goals. Life is simply too short to have someone in your life that doesn’t believe in you or is not supportive of your goals. Whether we realize it or not, what we see and hear is a major influence on our psychological well being. Think positive and believe in yourself!

Add variety – Stagnation comes from lack of imagination and creation. Change your exercise, daily routine or simply change the environment you are working out in. Try a new exercise or class, vary your workouts with ranges of weight, go heavier or lighter, change the days or time of day you normally workout. Variety prevents boredom and helps keep things fresh!

So my #1 tip for staying fit and healthy this holiday season is to stay motivated in your head. Rather than looking at the season as an inevitable pound-packing month of holiday parties and craziness, be excited about your daily workout, even if it’s just 20 minutes, this is your gift to yourself. Make a great playlist, workout with a friend, try a new healthy recipe, whatever it is that helps invigorate you and puts a smile on your face. We can all do it; it’s just a matter of whether we choose to!
Cheers to the Beginning of the Best Holiday Season Yet!

Mixing and Moving it UP!

Circuit training is a workout routine that combines fitness and resistance training. The purpose of circuit training is to keep you moving by only allowing you to take minimal breaks in between exercises. Since you are constantly progressing through the workout, you will keep your heart rate up, therefore reaping the benefits of burning calories and burning off that unwanted body fat.

What are the benefits of circuit training?

• Injury Prevention. By combining different exercises, you prevent the same bones, muscle groups and joints from getting overstressed. As a result, circuit training tends to reduce the likelihood of overuse injuries caused by exercising too much.

• Exercise plan adherence. Circuit training has also been shown in a number of studies to increase an individual’s long-term adherence to exercise programs. Because circuit training relieves some of the monotony of exercise, a person won’t become bored with his or her program as quickly, and circuit training provides an efficient way to reap the benefits in half the time.

• Rehabilitation. When an injury does occur, circuit training comes to the rescue in two ways. First, it helps you maintain fitness despite being forced to forgo your normal exercise plan. Second, it corrects the cause of the injury. For example, if you injure your shoulder, you probably can’t go swimming, but you could continue your cardiovascular training by using a hands-free elliptical, treadmill or leg machine.

When developing a circuit training routine, a wide variety of exercises and fitness equipment can be utilized. Much of the equipment is relatively inexpensive. Examples include jump rope, dumbbells, medicine balls, body bands, weight training machines, or even your own body weight. A circuit can consist of as few as five stations to as many as 15 stations based on the goals and training levels of the participant.

The key to lifetime fitness is FUN!