Holiday Chaos: Improvising Your Routine

One word to describe the holidays, besides fun and festive, would be chaotic. From traveling to last minute christmas shopping, typically we find ourselves constantly moving and doing something different than our usual routine. This can be kind of unnerving for most people since this is not something we are used to. In this post, i am going to challenge you to look at this “chaos” as an opportunity to switch things up and try something new…

Here are some tips that I find helpful for managing the chaos that is the holidays in regards to training and nutrition…

  1. Look On the Bright Side. Typically, we like our usual routine because it is something we are used to and something we are comfortable with. Use this as a time to step outside your comfort zone and try something new. Everything is always better with a positive attitude. No one likes a Negative Nancy.
  2. Have A Plan…Or Dont. Whether you go into the holiday saying you’re going to stick to your macros and go to the gym 6 days a week or saying you aren’t going to track at all.. Both are A-Okay. Do whatever you feel it’s best for you. In my opinion, i just like to know what i am going to do in advance.
  3. Use Your Surroundings. With your weird holiday hours, some gyms are closed certain days especially during christmas eve, christmas, and new years. If you can’t get to the gym there is so many other options available to get a workout in. This weather is perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, running, heading to a local park, and or snow shoeing (hello soon to be colorado adventures). You can also get a quick workout inside on a treadmill, using free weights, bands, etc.
  4. Finding a Gym. If you are traveling for  a week or so at a time, finding a gym near you could be beneficial. I know when i went to the beach in NJ for a week, i was able to find a free week membership online to a Retro Fitness. Always look online for deals near you or even give local gyms a call…Some will let you join for the week for only a small fee. I know i can enjoy the holidays more when i am getting in a good sweat session.
  5. Do What You Can. In regards to workouts, do the best you can with what you have. I small 15 minute workout is better than nothing. Do what you can with where you are in your current circumstance.
  6. Hit the Reset Button. For me personally, the weeks leading up to the holidays are chaos. I am working long hours (trying to save money for christmas presents), juggling the gym, and christmas shopping nonstop. But it’s important to remember to stop and relax. Use this time to reflect on your year, your goals, and wind down. That is what i will be doing in Colorado with my boyfriends family in a few days. I will be relaxing, exploring a new city, and using that trip as an opportunity to relax and wind down from the holiday chaos.
  7. Create & Try New Recipes. The holidays are the perfect time for baking. In the months prior, i get into a routine of eating the same foods day in and day out. Use this as an opportunity to venture out. Create new recipes or make new recipes you’ve been dying to try. If you are trying to stay “on track” during the holidays, create diet friendly versions of your favorite recipes (I.E. the diet friendly buffalo chicken dip i posted in a previous blog.. go check it out if you haven’t already). Use the holidays as an excuse to get creative in the kitchen and remember that sprinkles make all baked goods taste better and more festive
  8. Focus On Whats Important. The holidays are about spending time with family and friends and making new memories. You may not be able to get in one of your typical workouts because you have to spend the day traveling or you only have time to do 20 minutes of cardio instead of 45 minutes- thats OKAY. You’re making new memories and missing workouts or eating copious amounts of cookies with your family are minuscule in the grand scheme of things.

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    The family on Christmas 2015-minus Morgan #sadtweet

  9. Cherish the Holidays. Spend time with the family members you don’t usually see and eat the foods you don’t usually eat. The Christmas season comes around once a year- thats 1 in 365 days. These are times to be joyful and full of holiday cheer. Don’t miss out on the holidays because you are too busy worrying about avoiding the holiday treats or missing 30 minutes of a workout. You don’t want to look back and say you should’ve done things differently..

Here are a few things that i find helpful when trying to keep in mind my training and nutrition goals during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Enjoy the time you spend with family and friends, enjoy the delicious treats (and wine), and focus on what’s really important. It’s an amazing time and it’s going to be over before you know it….

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

PBANDLAURENKELLY

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