Workout Wednesday: Working out During the Holiday Season

With the Holiday season in full effect, most of us are excited to have some vacation time and take a break. Some of you might feel the need to take a break from exercising but it might be beneficial to keep your workout routines during the holiday season. Here are a few reasons why: 1. Holiday stress: Although the holiday season comes with a lot of joy, it can also bring a lot of stress. Maintaining your exercise schedule will help to relieve a lot of the stress you are feeling. Remember when we work out, we are releasing endorphins. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body. This will help relieve some of the stress you might be feeling during this time of year. 2. “Holiday weight”: A lot of people dread the holiday season because they believe it will bring on the pounds. Continuing to get in your exercise during the holiday season will help those dreadful fears. Remember that health is about maintenance and lifestyle. Even if you do pack on a couple of extra pounds during the holiday season if you maintain your work out structures you will be back to where you were in no time. You will put a lot less pressure on your body by continuing your workouts instead of overworking yourself after the holiday season is over. 3. Time management: Most of us have a schedule when it comes to working out. Continuing to dedicate that 30 minutes to an hour to exercising will help you stay on track and manage your time. The holiday season is crazy busy and can even be chaotic at times without planning and structure. Sticking to your workout routine to help give you clarity and structure all season long. There are many more reasons to continue to get your exercise in during the holiday season. We want to encourage you to continue to work out and enjoy your holiday season! There is even a lot of fun ways you can incorporate holiday cheers and fun into your exercises. Like listening to some holiday music while you do it. Find something that works for you and keep being the healthiest version of you. And always remember to practice self-compassion during this time of year!