Assess Your Readiness for the Holidays

Almost every morning, I see the same guy driving to work as I drive to my first morning appointment. This may sound creepy, but the monotony of this occurrence actually brings me a bit of peace. Follow me here. Each morning I smile to myself as I meet this vehicle on my commute because it means that I’m on schedule, and apparently so is he. On the rare mornings I don’t see him, I glance at the clock on my dash to make sure that it’s really the time I think it is – primarily that I’m not going to be late for my appointment. (Being early isn’t a realistic possibility for me, so I don’t even consider that!)

This routine in my schedule may bring me peace, but as a fitness instructor I know that variety is the spice of one’s (workout) life. So how do you keep variety in your workout regimen? For me, I vary cardio exercises by focusing on interval training one day, and adjusting to a longer steady state cardio workout the next day. I also mix up my strength training by lifting heavy weights and performing short reps on some days, and then switching to lighter weights and lots more reps on the days in between. As we approach the holidays, now’s the time to complete a quick assessment of how we’re going to set the stage for success in the midst of Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas cookie exchanges.

Three Questions to Assess Your Readiness for the Holidays:

1. Am I set up for success in my workout routine?

Embrace routine by viciously protecting your exercise schedule. Do not cancel a workout appointment! If you must reschedule your workout, do it immediately.

2. Am I set up for success in my exercise variety?

Embrace variety by engaging in new and different workouts. These can be in group fitness classes or individual exercise sessions. If you invite a friend to join you, both of you will increase the variety of your workouts, and both of you will be set up for holiday success!

3. Do I have a buddy system to help me succeed?

Embrace accountability and establish a buddy system. Keep one another on track by regularly checking in on your routine and your variety. Make plans to exercise together for even more support and motivation.

I shared earlier about how I keep a variety in my exercise regimen, yet routine is also important for long-term wellness and adherence. For me, group fitness classes are my favorite because I thrive on the socialization and the healthy competition. My favorite group fitness provider is Body & Soul Fitness, as you may have guessed. Body & Soul offers 7 different exercise formats to ensure that participants engage in varied fitness programs while committing to work out several times per week, depending upon the class schedule in their area. Physical fitness success comes when we engage in a variety of exercise formats on a regular basis. Keep this in mind as you approach the holidays and get ready to succeed!

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Amy Stafford is the President of Body & Soul Fitness, certified personal trainer, ACE faculty and ACE Group Fitness Instructor. She is a leader in the fitness industry and a popular speaker for women’s events, retreats, fitness conferences. For information on booking Amy for your event or for an interview please email amy@bodyandsoul.org. Amy currently teaches in the Williamsburg, VA area.

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