The festive season is an exceptionally busy time of year with lots of time spent catching up with friends and family. As we get closer to the holidays, it’s easy to put off exercise. While it may seem like a good idea to take a break, it may mean we miss out on some great benefits. Exercise can help boost our energy, relieve stress, and improve our mood which can all be very beneficial during this busy period.

Here are some tips to keep you moving over the festive season:

Start moving in the morning
We all have good intentions to get our exercise in. But as the day progresses, it can become more and more challenging to squeeze in a workout. Getting up and exercising in the morning eliminates the temptation to skip your workout and means the rest of your day is free to enjoy the festivities.

Keep it simple
With only so many hours in the day, it can seem daunting trying to find the time to work out. Fitting exercise into your day can be as easy as a 15-minute walk around the block or a 20-minute yoga session at home.

Move the way you want to
If you don’t feel like going to the gym or doing a high intensity workout, that’s perfectly okay. Something is better than nothing and will be beneficial as long as you’re moving your body. It could be as simple as dancing along to your favourite songs or spending some time in the garden.

Stick to a routine
Moving regularly, whether it’s a few times a week or every day, will not only keep you on track, but help to motivate you. We recommend exercising at the same time each day to help you make it a habit.

Exercise with a friend
Sometimes we can find ourselves making excuses and talking ourselves out of exercise. Exercising with a friend can keep us accountable and make it fun.

Last, but not least…

Set your new year goals now
Rather than waiting until the new year to set health goals, we can start right now. Setting goals early can mean we’re less likely to slack off for the rest of the year. And it can give us the kickstart we need to start improving our health and fitness.