Rain. Cold. Bulk. Vacation. Chilly. Soup. Holidays. Break. Comfort. Wind.
These are all words that come to mind when I look out the windows of the gym and see the grey skies indicative of a coming storm. Halloween through New Year’s Day is what we have the pleasure of calling the “holiday season” — a time where family and friends come together to celebrate and enjoy the company of their loved ones. It is a time to connect with each other in a deep and meaningful way, and while there are huge benefits to this, there are also huge benefits to keeping up with your fitness routine.
I recently read a statistic that stated that between Thanksgiving and Christmas the average American puts on 7-10 lbs. Sounds like a lot right? Well after some deeper research I found that the average is closer to a one lb gain over that month. That’s a relief. Regardless of how you feel after the holidays, gaining a pound or two is almost not worth mentioning and shouldn’t be a factor when deciding whether you should get a 2nd plate or indulge in your favorite dessert. After all, I’ve always preached happiness, enjoyment and balance above all else.
What I do find slightly concerning is how the words at the top of this page (with the exception of soup), generally affect people’s fitness routines during the winter. There has been a noticeable drop in class size the past week and I want to make sure that we’re all on the same when it comes to achieving the results we’re looking for out of this membership.
Since we aren’t focusing on weight-gain over the holidays, I think the real downfall is the difficulty that people have with keeping up with the consistent, automatic fitness routine they built during the spring and summer. We’re blessed to live in a city where the sun shines 340+ days a year and it’s easy to find motivation when the beach is constantly calling. It’s much harder to lace up the old tennies when there’s a cloud in the sky, or when a slight gust of wind calls for an additional layer.
Trust me, I even need an extra push these days and that usually comes in the form of taking a class or slamming a NOCCO. What Meagalife, Dani, Mike and I don’t let happen too often is missing entire workouts. Yes, it’s our profession, and yes, our reason for keeping in shape might be different than yours, but like you, we also want to look better naked. We understand the value of consistency and always want to lead from the front and practice what we preach.
So here are some actionable tips to keep you on track for the next few weeks before the universal motivator, “NEW YEAR, NEW ME #YAAAAAAAAAS!!” comes into play:
- Figure out your WHY. Why do you workout? Why did you start? Where did you want to be by the end of 2019?
- Find an accountability partner to keep you on track. This is probably the easiest solution: find someone that comes to the same class as you and hold each other accountable for coming to a certain amount of classes each week
- Write the days of the week you want to workout on your calendar and DO NOT miss these days. No exceptions
- Take a gym bag to work so you don’t have to go home, see your pet rabbit, and plop onto the couch before coming back to the gym
- If it’s an option, take advantage of the 530am class so you don’t have to workout later in the day
- Go to sleep in your workout clothes (shoes too), so you can literally run out the door
- Set up a reward system for sticking to your workouts. Make 16 workouts in December, buy yourself that watch. Don’t make this a habit, however. I believe that the best results come from motivation within
The winter months can be a tough time to remain accountable to your fitness routine, but at The Movement Warehouse, we have built a strong community designed to keep each other on track and support one another in the pursuit of our goals. If you are interested in building a healthier, more confident life for yourself, contact us today to join the movement!