Stay fit between Thanksgiving and New Years

It can be pretty tough to stay fit during the holiday season. It gets dark early and the air hurts your face. An abundance of family obligations, work parties, and last-minute shopping means that hitting the gym often gets delayed or crossed off the schedule altogether. This year is different for you! Online personal training makes it easy to stay on track but if you are just looking for a few helpful tips, we have come up with some easy ones here so you can stay fit between Thanksgiving and New Years. Keep reading and learn how to keep up with your exercise routine this winter.

1. Join a gym.

BEFORE you join the gym though, consider where it is located. Is it on the way home? Is it in an area where you spend a lot of time? If you have to pass the gym regularly, it will make it MUCH easier to stay motivated to go there. These 4 clutch quotes quotes to get you from couch to sweat instantly will also help as motivation so set one of them as your phone background or pin them up somewhere to keep them front of mind. 

2. Mix up how you stay fit.

Far too often I see people doing exercise that they dislike or they do the same workout every day. Try something that gets you out of your comfort zone and mix it up. Some examples: Yoga, dance class, spin class, row class, boxing class, walking in new areas or swimming.

3. Find a fit buddy!

You can use the time you would spend catching up with friends to get moving. As an ambassador for Play City we are all about enriching communities by connecting people through physical activity. If you want a new buddy, download the Play City app and have some fun!

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4. Sign up for something

Consider working with a trainer or join an online program/challenge. Why? Studies show that the #1 reason people are not successful in staying fit between Thanksgiving and New Years is due to lack of accountability. Stay on track with this important puzzle piece and LOVE your results. This is one of the reasons I started my own online personal training company, to help people like you during this tough holiday season!

5. Goals.

Recently in my article 3 goals NOT related to weight loss I provided you with some action items to put into motion. However, the main thing that will help you here is how you set your goals. Make them specific and relative. Instead of saying "I want to lose weight" change that to "I want to lose 10lbs so I can look great and feel confident in my bikini when I go to Mexico in February". Simply by changing the wording and getting specific you instantly increase your chances of staying on track and hitting your goals! 

6. Be patient.

Sit down. Be humble. Be KIND to yourself. Miss a workout? That is okay. Ate McDonalds? No sweat! None of this means it is game over. Get right back on track and crush it! If you would like some help on how to train your mindset to be more kind, take a look at these nine positive food messages to send yourself over the holidays.

7. Set a challenge.

Each year, Runner’s World magazine challenges readers to run every single day (logging at least one mile per day) between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Pounding the pavement not your style? It definitely isn’t mine either. That’s okay! Create your own challenge, whether it involves trying a new bodyweight exercise every day, testing different yoga poses, or experimenting with an unfamiliar running workout.

For weekly challenges and community support, join my free Facebook group here.

Do you have some helpful tips on how to stay fit between Thanksgiving and New Years? Tag @dunnebells_ on Instagram to possibly be featured!

Stay strong. Be the fire.

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