Take a look at our tips to see if these could have a positive effect on your fitness goals during the festive period.
Introduce a new form of exercise into your life. Don't let yourself get too familiar with the same form of exercise. There might be a sport you've always wanted to try or a different exercise that you've seen others doing in the gym. Giving this a go will likely be working new muscle groups that you don't normally use and therefore improving your all-round fitness. You might enjoy your new exercise so much, that this soon becomes part of your main exercise routine. Introducing something new could even be a small addition to your everyday lifestyle, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift. Even the little things add-up in the long term.
Find An Exercise Partner
Get a friend or friends to join your workouts. When you are struggling to get yourself down to the gym or out for a jog, your friend can be the one dragging you out of the house to get your workout in. This puts less pressure on you being the sole motivator and also gives you a good reason to have a regular catch up with your buddy.
Find a source of encouragement. You won't see any changes overnight so you've got to find a form of inspiration which is going to keep you in it for the long haul. You might be working towards a certain weight or aiming to get yourself in shape for your next holiday. Encouragement comes in many different forms so you've got to find out what works best for you. It can be as simple as listening to a workout playlist or reading an inspirational quote to get yourself going before exercise. Already think you've found your source of motivation? Why not try adding something different to see if it takes you to the next level.
Had an active week and met your fitness goals? Give yourself a little reward. Treating yourself can have a positive knock-on effect to your future exercise commitments and before you know it, you could be training harder and more frequently. There's nothing better than feeling like you've really earned a reward. This can be anything from your favourite coffee to go, a little shopping spree or organising a social event.