1. Schedule time for your workout.
There are so many things to do over the holidays that it’s almost too easy to fall out of your fitness routine. This makes it especially important to maintain your usual workout schedule. The best way to do this is to put your workouts in your calendar, like Christmas shopping or baking with the kids. The aim here isn’t to add to your to-do list, on the contrary – with this little trick, you intentionally give yourself the time to feel good.
If you don’t have any time for your usual routine, plan ahead each week and think about when you could make time for one of your favourite workouts. Maybe you can find 15 minutes in the morning for a yoga session or simply do 5 push-ups before lunch.
Even if you’re visiting relatives and don’t have your usual workout equipment or your VAHA at hand, you can incorporate a few snippets of exercise into your day. With the VAHA app or a YouTube video, you can train wherever you are. It’s best to do it as soon as you get up before all the festive hustle and bustle starts!
2. Set daily targets and track your successes.
Nothing motivates you more than celebrating your milestone achievements. No matter how big or small they are. How do you do that? It’s simple: set yourself a small, achievable goal for each day. For example, walk 5,000 steps. You can also tick off these little goals with a visit to your Christmas market or during a family walk through the snow-covered forest.
With so many ways to track your fitness, these little challenges are even more fun because you can monitor your achievements easily. For example, use the health functions of your smartphone to count your daily steps and see on the VAHA how many workouts and minutes you have already exercised this week. If you have a Garmin watch and a VAHA, you can even pair the two devices and get a complete overview of your daily activities in your VAHA Journey. Seeing these results will help you stay on track.
3. Exercise with seasonal activities: get creative
Even though you might not have time or energy for your usual fitness routine during the Christmas season, there are plenty of opportunities to stay active this December. Combine your workout with a fun activity with friends or family. How about ice skating, sledging or a magical Christmas hike? Start brainstorming with your friends and be amazed by the ideas you can come up with together.
4. Train with friends
A motivation hack that always works: get your friends on board. If you train alone, you’re much more likely to skip a workout because you’re busy or just don’t feel like it. However, if you have a date with a friend, the chances are much higher that you will keep your schedule – and have even more fun during the workout. For example, meet a friend for a run in the park. Or arrange to meet other VAHA members in the VAHA Facebook community for live courses together. If you’re not part of the VAHA community yet, you can also find a fitness buddy in many online forums and arrange a virtual or in-person workout with them.