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5 Tips to Stay on Track with Your Fitness Goals During the Holidays

November 17, 2021

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and for many that means the hardest part of the year to stay in shape is on the horizon. More than just the rich foods and drinks, the business of the holidays makes it extra hard to find time to exercise. It is also worth mentioning that during the holiday season the sun goes down around 5PM, making it difficult to do your regular outdoor activities. Because of these reasons — and more — so many lose track of their fitness goals during the holiday months.

That’s why X Shadyside, one of the top Pittsburgh gyms, created a list of ways that you can stay fit and healthy through the holiday season this year.

       1. Focus on Maintenance

You don’t need to hit the Pittsburgh gyms everyday, instead focus on maintaining your regular schedule

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You can always discuss your goals with a personal trainer at X Shadyside.

During the rest of the year, it's appropriate to set a plan for your weight and fitness goals. However, during the holiday season you should focus more on maintenance when you visit your Pittsburgh gym. This doesn’t mean that you forget about your goals, it means you set a new goal to maintain the status quo. This is also a good time to mention that regular exercise will help with the stressful holiday season. Exercise is one of the quickest ways to get your blood pumping and retreat from your holiday plans for a bit. So this season, don’t feel like you need to set lofty exercise goals — just make sure that you are staying healthy and staying on track.

      2. Create an Easy to Follow Exercise Plan

If you're stumped for practical exercise plans, a personal trainer at a top Pittsburgh gym can give you some ideas

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Keep it simple for your holiday maintenance workout plan.

The holidays can get really hectic, so simplifying your workout routine is key for staying fit. Let’s face it, you may not have the time to spend hours in the Pittsburgh gyms. That’s why you should create an exercise routine that you can do from anywhere. It also helps if you plan your workouts ahead of time. For example, if you’re staying with family, designate an area where you can exercise and then plan the times you intend to workout. When it comes to exercise, it is much easier to stick to a plan.

It is also recommended that you pack a workout bag and take it with you when you’re travelling. When you have a few small weights, a yoga mat, and your running shoes with you while you're away from home, you are much more likely to follow through on your workout plan this holiday season.

       3. Get Yourself Moving Earlier in the Morning

The earlier you get up, the more likely you are to follow through on your exercise plan

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If you get your workout out of the way, you have the rest of your day for holiday festivities.

For some, this tip might sound like it's out of the question. But in reality, by starting your day with a morning exercise routine, you can set the tone for the rest of your day. If you break a decent sweat in the morning, your body releases endorphin chemicals that help you wake up and get ready for the day. 

       4. Work Up a Sweat With 15 Minute HIIT Workouts

Before you attend any holiday parties, make a HITT workout a part of your preparation

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If you bring your exercise gear with you, you can stay in shape from anywhere.

When the holidays kick into high gear, the time you have to workout diminishes. That’s why we recommend doing a 15 minute HIIT workout before you go out for errands, parties, or to visit family. By choosing a few high impact exercises, you can get a good workout in almost no time at all. Not only that, but getting a short workout can get you pumped up for your next holiday related task.

       5. Get the Family Involved!

One of the most fun ways to stay fit is by making active family traditions

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You can make staying fit a family affair.

When winter rolls around, it is easy to write off outdoor activities. But, if the weather is nice a brisk walk can really change your mood and help you stay in shape. Before you head out for a solo walk or jog, why not invite family or friends to join you? Exercise is always more enjoyable when you can have a conversation, and you get to experience the beautiful wintery outdoors. Going for a brisk walk after dinner might not be the most popular suggestion, but surely there are a few people that are ready to get their blood moving.

If you’re worried about staying in shape this holiday season, contact X Shadyside. As one of the top Pittsburgh gyms, X Shadyside offers a variety of classes that can help you stick with your fitness goals during the holidays. Whether you are interested in personal training, group fitness classes, free weights, cardio equipment, or TRX suspension training, X Shadyside has you covered. Learn how to become a member at one of the best boutique gyms in the city today!

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