5 Simple Tips for Staying Active During the Holidays

Post by Bethann Wagner

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When holiday festivities start to take over your schedule, making healthy choices becomes increasingly difficult. That’s why, when asked about my fitness regimen while traveling for work, my mind went straight to sharing tips for staying active during the holidays.

This is by no means a comprehensive list, but here are a few go-to strategies I’ve practiced over the years that have helped me stay fit during the busiest season of the year.

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Tips for Staying Active During the Holidays

Here are my favorite tips for staying active during the holidays.

  1. Mix it up.
  2. Make it a team effort.
  3. Try something new.
  4. Be flexible.
  5. Share your goals.

1. Mix it up.

Literally, mix up your drinks! This is one of my favorite ways to make healthy choices at holiday parties. If you love wine, make it a spritzer! You can mix wine with club soda (which has zero calories) to make your drinks last throughout the night.

Or, whip up a batch of this crowd-pleasing holiday mimosa recipe. It’s concocted by Wantable Stylist and Food Network contestant, Lauren Ravan, and it’s a team favorite!

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2. Make it a team effort.

Register for a Santa Run or another fitness event that happens to take place this time of year, and bring your significant other, sibling, or best-friend to run with you. Going at it together will help you make sure you get your workout in and don’t miss any quality time with loved ones. Just make sure you don’t forget your pre and post workout stretches! A pulled muscle is not the kind of gift you want this year.

Don’t like to run? Catch up with friends on a walk, hike, or by going to yoga together.

3. Try something new.

If going to the gym is a big part of your fitness routine, don’t let travel keep you away. Call gyms in the area you’re traveling and ask about trial memberships. If you’re into yoga, many studios offer guests one free pass; grab a 5 or 10 class pass to keep up your asanas after that. Since you probably know people where you are going, ask someone where they go and plan to go together!

4. Be flexible.

Holidays can get really hectic and that can make your fitness routine or healthy eating plans fall underway. It’s important to remember that each day is brand-spankin’ new and you can always get back on track. You should never be too hard on yourself, but especially over the holidays. They are meant to be enjoyed!

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5. Share your goals.

Letting friends and family know you plan to eat gluten-free or are training for a half marathon will only help you reach your goals. Talking to others about goals acts as a reminder that they are important to us and it also ensures you have a league of cheerleaders on your team!


What are your favorite tips for staying active during the holidays? Share in a comment below!

P.s. The holidays are a magical but stressful time. You got this and we’ve got you. Here are some ways to be present during the holidays and tips to help boost your emotional wellness.

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