During especially busy seasons, re-work your schedule so that you have some time for self-care and de-stressing. Working out and meditating in the morning before the rest of your day gets started makes all the difference. There are so many events and things on the to-do list at the end of the year – if you save your workout until after work, it often gets scrapped. If you can get movement in – even a walk – before the rest of the busy day begins it will give you more energy and keep you on track for the holidays.
Buddy up! It is so much easier to hop out of bed when the alarm goes off, instead of pulling the covers back over your head if you have someone to help you be accountable. Find a friend to meet up with a couple times a week at the trail, at your favorite RedBird class or at the gym. Plus, this is a great way to grow a relationship and spend time with your friends while taking care of yourself during this busy season.
Have a clear goal in mind. Knowing why you are getting out of bed always makes it easier to do. Sit down and really define what motivates you to take care of yourself. Think about how you want to feel on January 1. Be specific! Wouldn’t it be great to wake up on New Year’s Day and not have to make a resolution about your health? To instead, wake up feeling vital and full of energy, with glowing skin and clothes that fit just perfectly? Take your vision, write it down on paper and post it somewhere you can see it regularly or keep it with you. Review it daily and use it as a well-defined inspiration to keep you on track in your health and wellness journey.
Seek balance. Working out doesn’t have to be grueling. There is a lot of stress and extra responsibilities piled on your plate during the next few months. Exercise should not add to that. Overtraining and increased stress from workouts can lead to negative returns. Find the correct amount and intensity level that helps you stay on track but doesn’t exhaust you. Moderation is key. Reframe your thinking so that exercise is something that moves you towards your goal of feeling vibrant, full of energy and healthy – not punishment for the holiday cookies you ate at the office party last night. Find activities that you enjoy and fall in love with the process so the results naturally follow.