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Sticking to a Fitness Routine During the Holidays

Do You Stick to Your Normal Fitness Routine Over the Holidays?

It's starting to feel pretty festive at Sugar HQ: holiday parties are underway, travel plans are in the works, and don't even get me started about the food! With all the festivities happening, and gift shopping taking up even more of our free time, it can be difficult to stick to a normal fitness routine. But, the irony is that exercise is the perfect way to round out the stress and extra calories that come along with the holidays.

Confession: my fitness routine has been wonky since Thanksgiving. I'm hitting the gym at odd times and my eating habits are up and down depending on the event. I want to know — are you on the same roller coaster ride as I am this holiday season?

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discocactus discocactus 5 years
Mine has changed this winter, and it's not for lack of trying. It started the week of Thanksgiving (Dad in hospital for heart attack) and I've had my whole routine (not just exercise) thrown for a loop. I'm exercising, but not as often as I want. I definitely notice that I feel awful if I don't exercise though, and I'm working back to a consistent schedule. I'm a bit afraid to see how crazy my gym will get with the usual boost from New Year's resolutions, and to see how I will fare over Christmas while I'm out of town visiting in-laws (who looooove nothing more than to sit, sit, sit.)
radiowires radiowires 5 years
I don't stop exercising, but my routine definitely changes. I have a harder time motivating myself to run or ride my bike outside during the winter, so I'll go to the gym instead and do Zumba or kickboxing with a few friends.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 5 years
My boyfriend left to visit his family for three weeks, so leading up to that all I wanted to do was spend time with him after work. Motivation to hit them gym = zero. Now that he's left, though, I'm embarking on a 3 week clean eating and exercise plan to atone for my sins.
amber512 amber512 5 years
I'm the same way as Mmamabee. I usually exercise MORE during the holidays!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
Last year I actually dropped a couple of pounds during the holidays. It's the doldrums of January and February that are killers!
benheld benheld 5 years
I'm not passing on the eggnog, Christmas cookies, and other festive treats. It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without that stuff! So I balance it out with healthy choices when reasonable, and working out regularly. I just try to maintain my weight, and have a happy outlook through the holidays. The more aggressive goals/plans can wait for the new year.
benheld benheld 5 years
I'm not passing on the eggnog, Christmas cookies, and other festive treats. It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without that stuff! So I balance it out with healthy choices when reasonable, and working out regularly. I just try to maintain my weight, and have a happy outlook through the holidays. The more aggressive goals/plans can wait for the new year.
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