It’s blissfully warm and cozy. We burrow deeper into the covers, enjoying every last bit of peaceful slumber. But it’s still there, no matter how hard we try to ignore it- the foreboding thought of what’s coming. We push it out of our minds, but like a buzzing fly it always comes back to torture us. We don’t dare look at the clock, hoping that by not doing so we may be wrong. We pray we still have more than a couple of minutes. But we hardly ever do. And then it hits. Like a bolt of lightning, electrifying our very core. We’re not ready, we say. But the achingly familiar alarm sound begs to be silenced. We hit snooze, but it’s not enough. Again and again we delay, until we know we can’t prolong the inevitable any longer. Our muscles ache, our breath quickens. Our weak human minds come up with a thousand excuses of why we shouldn’t. But deep down we know we must. This is something our bodies need to do, despite every part of it screaming otherwise. It’s time to hit the gym.
This all too familiar anecdote is especially relevant come the winter months. As we get closer and closer to the holidays, our fitness goals get further and further from our grasp. So what is the problem? Is it the cold? The delicious, fatty foods we’ve been eating? Our busier schedules? Or maybe all of these? Despite all these challenges, there a few easy ways to still give our bodies the physical activity it needs and avoid feeling like our fitness routine is failing.
The holidays are all about being busy, right? We’re cooking, shopping, and visiting with friends and family- on top of everything else we were already doing. No wonder it’s so hard finding time to squeeze in a workout! But what if the saying “killing two birds with one stone” was actually possible? Because it is. What if we worked out AND did our holiday preparations at the same time? We just need to be a little creative! How about squats and calf raises while baking those fresh pies? Or picking up the pace just a little while we shop? We can park farther away from our favorites stores, too. Also, we can encourage our friends and family to be active by inviting them to participate in sweat-inducing activities with us. (Turkey bowl, anyone?)
Sometimes we won’t be able to get our “first thing in the morning workout” in, and that’s okay. As long as we keep trying and constantly have fitness on our minds, we won’t fail. Fitness is still possible during the holidays, we just need to start being a little more creative.