How to Adjust Your Exercise Plan for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for reconnecting with friends and family, which can often derail even the best intentions to keep up with diet and exercise. If you are looking for ways to adjust your exercise plan for the holidays, consider the following helpful hints.

1. Carve out time in the mornings

Most holiday events revolve around evening activities, especially during the week. Find time early each morning to adjust your exercise schedule so that you start earlier than you might otherwise plan. This might require you to plan the night before with extra clothes and a gym bag.

2. Find ways to exercise from home

You may have to adjust your exercise routine to include more walking or other activities you can do inside your own house. This is especially true if you live in an area where winter storms could prevent you from driving to the gym. Some of the best moves that you can do from the comfort of your own home include push ups, crunches, planks, lunges and squats.

3. Incorporate exercise into your holiday activities

Holiday activities can include more than just baking cookies and watching your favorite Christmas movies. Find out if there are any fun 5k races or walks in your area to participate in. You can get your friends and family to sign up with you. If you plan on shopping in stores this holiday season, try to park your car as far away as possible. Consider walking a lap around the parking lot before beginning your shopping spree.

4. Make it a family affair

Invite your friends and family members to go on a walk with you before or after dinner. This will keep the fun conversations flowing and allow you to eat without the guilt of totally derailing your diet. Try planning a walk around a neighborhood known for having the best Christmas light display to squeeze in a bit more holiday cheer along your way. Dress in layers to prepare for cold weather.