This time of year can be hectic, and adding training to a growing holiday to-do list is a challenge for anyone. Running through the holidays, or doing any type of workout, can be stressful for athletes who are already busy and trying to fit it all in. But there’s one thing I want you to remember: Don’t be hard on yourself. Get in what you can and don’t regret time spent with family and friends.
By cutting yourself some slack, you’ll reduce the stress you put on yourself. This will help you enjoy the season more and will also aid you in being better at what you do. Missing a run won’t ruin a planned race, but stress can.
Besides cutting yourself some slack, there are a few things you can do to fit in quality workouts during the holidays.
Follow these tips to make time for running through the holidays
Schedule It In
Adding it to your calendar like your other appointments helps you to more effectively take charge of your available time. When scheduling it in, make sure to include time for travel, changing, etc.
Anything Is Better Than Nothing
Don’t have the time for that one hour run you wanted to get in? Any little bit helps, whether it’s 30 minutes or 15 minutes, take that time to move and help build your fitness. Even a a short workout will help maintain fitness, motivation, and happiness.
Move Your Long Run To Another Day
Your long run or long bike doesn’t have to be done on the weekend. While this may be the most convenient time for many people, you may find you have a larger chunk of time on a weekday. If that’s the case for you, consider a mid-week long workout on a day that’s more convenient. Just remember to rearrange the rest of your workouts so that they complement each other and you’re still getting the most out of your training.
Split Up Your Long Run
Can’t squeeze your long run in all in one shot? While I don’t recommend you make this a regular habit, you can split up your long run on busy days. Do this by running half in the morning and the other half later in the day.
Workout At Home Instead Of The Gym
Depending on how far your gym is, cutting out travel time may save you quite a bit of time. So to save on travel time, workout out at home instead.
Take An Active Vacation
If holiday vacations and trips are something you do, consider an active vacation like skiing.
Find Other Ways To Be Active
Find movement and activity everywhere you go:
– Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
– Park farther away.
– Walk, run, or cycle either all or part of your commute.
– Take the family to the track or park and be active together.
– Take a walk with you family after a holiday meal.