Are you on holiday gym-cation? (A vacation from the gym?) Its December — you’ve got too much to do, not enough time so the first thing you do is put a hold on your visits to the gym? Yes, taking a mini-vacation from the gym is the easiest way to find more time in your schedule, but it might not be the smartest or the healthiest.
I completely understand your necessity for more time — especially during the holiday season. Between parties, shopping, crowds, wrapping, traffic and work, any ‘extra’ time we can squeeze into our schedule becomes that much more valuable. Usually the easiest way to squeeze in some extra time is to cut your time spent in the gym. To justify your ‘gym-cation’ you tell yourself you’re too busy, you’ll try to eat better, and that as soon as the holidays are over you’ll be back in the gym.
As great as an idea as this may seem, staying away from the gym is not the best idea during the holidays…
I’m sure you already know why…
*Going to the gym will help burn those extra calories you’re eating this holiday season (who can really say no to Christmas Cookies?)
*Staying in your normal routine will help you feel better through all the craziness
*The December gym is WAY emptier than the January New Years’ Resolutioner’s gym
*Its going to keep your bones healthy and strong — helping to prevent injuries that may occur as your stress levels increase
Personally, the gym is the best place for me to get my sanity back…its my ‘me’ time…a place to make sense during the craziness of the day (the lines, the crowds, the people who can’t drive, the extra paperwork you had to do). A place for me to get better, stronger, sexier and keep working towards making a better me as I get closer to achieving my goals.
But I’m not here to guilt trip you – I’m here to help you solve your time dilemma. Below are three great workout options to help you get MORE time outside of the gym while you spend less time IN the gym.
Option #1: Double Up Your Workouts
If you usually train shoulders on Monday and Legs on Tuesday, pack them all into one workout on Monday. This will save you a trip to the gym during the week and give you extra shopping time. Or, if you usually go to the gym an extra day for cardio, try adding it to the end of a workout when you are already there
Option #2: Full Body Baby
Its important to change up your workouts to keep your body guessing and continually make improvements. If getting to the gym is going to be hard for you this month, try going at least two or three times a week and hit up a full body workout. Do one exercise for each body part, quick rest in between each exercise, and high reps. This will get your heart rate pumping and keep you fit and sane during the holidays.
Option #3: It’s a Time Challenge
Next time you are in the gym give yourself a challenge — how long fast can you complete your workout from start to finish? Note when you start and work has hard as you can to get your workout done in the shortest amount of time possible. Write down your time and then next time you’re in the gym, challenge yourself to beat THAT time. This offers two benefits — less rest increases your heart rate — which gives you a mini cardio workout AND it saves you time!
So, make sure that this holiday season your workouts don’t become a thing of the past. You’ve worked too hard already this year to let the holidays guide you off track. Remember your goals, stay focused, and have a fast, workout!