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Speak Up: Exercising on a Holiday

The holidays are here, and that means many of you are busy traveling, visiting friends and family, and eating delicious foods. That doesn't leave much room for anything else, especially exercise. Even on a holiday, I try to do a little exercise; maybe take a long walk, do some stretching in the morning, or if we manage to plan ahead, I love to go skiing on Christmas. It helps me regroup and calm down from the holiday hustle and bustle.

I have read that serious athletes treat holidays just like any other day and train according to their prescribed schedule. What about you? Are holidays an excuse to take a break from working out, or do you make time no matter what?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
if i'm home and my gym is open - then yes i do work out. this past week i was in TX with my fiance's family and of course that meant that there was no gym, but i did do crunches and the sort in my room and we threw the frisbee for a long time too...
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
On New Year's Day me and my husband are planning to go to the Power Flex class at our gym. We haven't been to this class before since it's on Thursday mornings, but we're regulars at the instructor's Power Pacing classes.
kia kia 8 years
Christmas day was not a scheduled workout day for me but my husband and I went on an awesome bike ride around town. We were running late meeting some friends for a movie and I dragged him playing chase between trails and streets. It was fun with a couple of sweet jumps and skidding on some ice patches. We then rode around to visit friends after the movie. On Christmas Eve I took my friends dog with me on my run. We raced up some hills and flushed a fox and two bunnies along the way.
TammyO TammyO 8 years
My gym is closed on Christmas day but they were open on Thanksgiving so of course I went as usual!
JessieSP JessieSP 8 years
I admit that I get a little lazy on the holidays. Most of the time it's only for a few days just before that main day. Like I didn't bother to exercise this moring. I just wasn't in the mood the other day either. But I probably will go out running tommorrow morning, being how much I snacked this evening :)
Red-Sharpie Red-Sharpie 8 years
I exercise like normal unless the gym is closed. Today happened to be a day off anyway but I worked out yesterday and I will work out tomorrow.
kneenuh87 kneenuh87 8 years
i worked out yesterday but didn't have time to workout today, nor will i tomorrow. saturday for sure i will be hitting the gym, since i'll already be there working.
magickofreiki magickofreiki 8 years
i always exercise on holidays but depending what's on the schedule for the day, I may cut my workout down a bit. Regardless, I always do a workout-even if it's a shorter one. It helps my metabolism, (especially with all the food around on holidays!) and keeps me centered and happy.
Jeny Jeny 8 years
I enjoy my day completely. I've worked hard all week to take a little vay-cay from the gym today! Oh and it's closed anyway lol
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I did what sditullio did: I worked out on Christmas Eve and I used today as my planned "day off" for the week. I have to work tomorrow and this weekend, so I'll treat the weekend like I would any other work week. I don't like to work out on holidays, only because I don't get a lot of time to spend with my family when I'm down there...I like to spend as much time as I can with everyone.
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
Worked out on Christmas Eve, and maybe will today... not sure if I'll have time, though. If not, that's ok, back to the grind tomorrow!
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 8 years
I always workout on a holiday unless it falls on a sunday, my rest day 99% of the time for the past 5 years. I ran 10 miles today after I cooked breakfast for everyone this morning and before we opened gifts. I kind of wanted to run even more, but knew I had to get back. For me my training is important and those who know me know that, and I always make time for it unless I am ill, or stuck in an airport all day (in which case I am pissed)
sditullio sditullio 8 years
I worked out yesterday (Christmas Eve), but used today as a planned rest day. I feel a little guilty about all the treats we had last night. I'm trying not to be too hard on myself, since generally I'm very good when it comes to food. Anyway, tomorrow will be back to normal with workouts and food.
Cwinche Cwinche 8 years
I don't work out. I hang wiht family I haven't seen in ages and at. I give myself all the leway I want. :)
misskacie misskacie 8 years
My gym is closed, can't fault them for that... but even after my at-home workout I'm still horribly antsy. For me, nothing replaces the gym.
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 8 years
I already did my workout - stepper and treadmill for 45 minutes total.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
My gym is closed today. I will probably do something like Exercise TV On Demand.
yasume yasume 8 years
I did a workout about an hour ago. I burned 445 calories doing my one of my many aerobics DVDs. I went out to run but the rain caught me and I just don't like running in the rain. Now, the sun has come out and it is about 78 degrees. I live in the Miami area so that isn't unusual.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Ran this morning :)
I always exercise on holidays. I'm heading to the gym right now.
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