With the holidays fast approaching, it’s easy to lose sight of your fitness goals. After all, there are more demands on your time than other times of the year, right? So, how do you stay on top of your goals when there’s so much to do? Do you give up sleep in order to hit the 24-hour gym for a workout?

The following list of suggestions make it easier to maintain your fitness routine despite having a busy holiday schedule:

  • Get your workout in early. Try waking up earlier or doing a shorter, more intense workout when you’re pressed for time. You may even skip going to the gym to save yourself some precious minutes on the days you have no time to spare.
  • Combine tasks so you’re able to get more done in less time and free up extra hours in your day. If you’ve got shopping to do, make sure that you park in a spot far from the entrance of the store. Spend time getting the items you need by walking up and down the aisle. Focus on how you lift things from the shelves and carry them to your cart. Shopping is a great way to get a satisfying workout in if done for a good length of time where you’re able to walk a long distance.
  • Shop in stores for gifts. It’s all too easy to order things online. In some cases, you can have them delivered the same day. Don’t take the easy route. Instead, think of running errands and shopping for gifts as a form of physical activity. You’re able to accomplish two things at once which we mentioned above and still feel like you burned calories and strengthened muscles.
  • Make some of the festivities physical in nature and things you can do outdoors. Plan to do things outside whenever possible. If you live in the type of location that experiences four seasons, it could be difficult to spend time outdoors when the weather is bad. Plan activities that give you a workout such as skiing, ice skating, and sledding if possible. In the fall, you can rake leaves, put away summer furniture, cover plants, and harvest what is left of your garden. There are many options for you to choose from because these things need to be done anyway, right?

The suggestions listed here are just examples of the things you can do to gain better control over your holiday schedule. After some time has passed, you’ll learn what works best for you. You’ll be more motivated than ever to stick to your fitness routine because so many people lose sight of their goals during the holidays which are known for indulgences of many kinds.