Happy Christmas Eve eve! I’ve officially arrived in Minneapolis after a very late flight. I don’t think you can call a two hour in the air flight, a red eye, but it’s the closest I get. I’ll say that’s a good thing. Cross country flights (or in my case Denver to the East Coast are sooo long!) Christmas Eve is one of my favorite holidays, and I can’t wait to arrive at Mount Olivet and see all the choirs sing.
Church services and the choirs have been such an important part of my life, and I can’t wait to see friendly faces at church. On my run the other day, I was thinking about ways I plan to get my workout in over the holidays. Here are my 6 tips for exercising over the holidays:
1. Plan travel days accordingly. For example, I knew I would get in overnight on Friday, so I made sure to work out on Thursday. This allowed me to take Friday off without feeling lazy. If you are traveling to visit relatives on Christmas Day, make an effort to exercise on Christmas Eve.
2. Organize workouts with friends. Of course its great to catch up over coffee, a bagel, lunch, dinner, etc. But if your friend is also active, it kills two birds to exercise with them and then go indulge in a meal or a drink.
Thanksgiving Turkey Day 5K with a friend!3. Try new classes. I have found that many studios have introductory or trial rates, or even free first classes. Check out Mindbodyonline, I recently downloaded this app to use for Fierce 45, but I have really enjoyed the location features of it. I travel to MN and other cities often, and its easy to “Explore” by location to find different classes. When I was in Western CO recently, I found a great studio called RokBarre to take a barre class.
4. Set your alarm early, on certain days, your only opportunity to exercise may be before everyone gets up. So set your alarm an hour early, and hit the gym.
5. No equipment workouts, here are a few of my favorites- Ladder Workout, Friday Faves #7. Here is one that I would like to try. Also, I tried a new interval workout, on my 3 mile loop, I did 0.25 mile warm up, then alternated between base pace and push pace for 2.5 miles. I did 2 blocks push, 2 blocks base for the whole run. My base pace is around 9-9:30 min/mile, and push is between 8:30-9:00 min/mile, then cool down for 0.25 miles. This added some variety to my everyday 3 mile route.
6. Workout videos- As you know, I love Jillian Michaels. I have the videos on my iPad to be done anywhere.
Happy Holidays! Make sure to get out these next two weeks, and let me know about it!