# 1: Schedule it all in advance
Rather than leaving your schedule up to chance, be proactive and set aside dedicated time to hit the gym. If you’re travelling, make sure your travel days are pre-planned rest days, and consider signing up for local classes at your destination. When something is pre-planned, it’s much harder to just forget about it. Chances are, if you don’t have an activity pre-planned, you won’t do one at all!
#2: Get a training partner
Even if you love to work out solo, consider buddying up over the next few weeks. The holiday season is the perfect time to find a training partner. Chances are that you’re not the only one at work or at home who’ll benefit from some friendly accountability over the coming few weeks. Spending time at the beach? Take a run along the sand before soaking up some sun!
#3: Cut down your workout time
I understand that the holiday season is a busy time, so instead of cutting out your workout altogether, consider decreasing your time commitment while increasing your intensity level. At the end of your session, you may feel a little more tired than usual, but you will save time. Try a 20 minute jog instead of your normal 40 minute walk.
#4: Do a pre-meal workout
The mental side of weight management is a great strategy to use over the holidays. I believe that if you strive to do a workout prior to going to a party, there’s a good chance you will watch what you eat at the buffet table. After a workout, the desire to eat foods that are high in calories and bad for you tends to diminish. However, if you go to a party with the attitude of ‘I will eat what I want because I will work out later,’ you must keep in mind...
#5: Keep it simple
If you can’t find the motivation to get into the gym or attend a fitness class during the holidays, use walking as your go-to activity. Find time at work to get in some walking minutes, power walk on your shopping trips and do some exercises before bed such as push-ups, squats and crunches to keep your body as conditioned as possible. When you’re considering having some indulgent foods, be aware of the portion size that you’re consuming. Try to balance your other meals during the day to accommodate your splurge.
By SAMANTHA CLAYTON
Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness, Herbalife Nutrition