Merry Fitmas!

How to maintain your fitness focus during the holiday season

By Michelle Payne, Senior Fitness Specialist & Personal Training Coordinator

The winter months seem to be the time of year that many people get off track, lose focus, or just altogether stop their workouts. With all the shopping, baking, cleaning, and entertaining the holiday season demands, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain and motivate yourself to continue your normal exercise routine and eating habits.

If you find yourself consistently losing motivation or feeling overwhelmed around the holidays, here are a few good tips to keep yourself locked in on your self-care, but also still enjoy the season.

Hire a personal trainer

If you’ve been thinking about hiring a personal trainer, now is a great time to do it. Trainers will keep you engaged and accountable during the holidays.


Go for a stroll! Walking provides a boost of energy, and it can clear your head of mental clutter induced by holiday stress.

Try a new workout

Try something new! And better yet, invite a friend or family member to join you. It’s a great way to connect, socialize, and exercise. Try not to skip or stop workouts. If you get off track don’t beat yourself up about it. Give yourself a pass for the break and jump back into your workouts as soon as you can.


Try to stick to a sleep routine. Go to bed and wake up around the same time each day.

Drink water

Stay hydrated. And drink extra water if you choose to drink alcohol.


Planning your workouts ahead of time will make them much more difficult to skip or procrastinate. If you’re prepared, you’re more likely to get it done.

Merry Fitmas and a Happy New Year!

—Reach WAC Senior Fitness Specialist & Personal Training Coordinator Michelle Payne at mpayne@wac.netView Personal Training services online.

—Posted November 8, 2021; JC.

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