The holiday season is a time for relaxation, indulgence, and quality family moments. As Christmas winds down and the New Year dawns, another classic ensues — hoards of motivated individuals ready to resume or embark on their fitness routines.
However, motivation alone may not be enough to get back into the swing of things. The holiday season disrupts your routine. You find yourself embracing a leisurely schedule — and, let’s be honest, it’s delightful.
To ensure you kickstart your post-holiday reset, we bring you 6 effective ways to get back to your routine as you transition from the holiday season.
6 ways to get back to your routine
1 – Get back to exercise
Studies show that exercising more and losing weight are two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and the surge in gym attendance every January reflects that. Luckily, at EVO, you don’t have to worry about the crowds: our memberships are limited, and you can even control the number of people attending your club on your website.
If you weren’t a regular exerciser last year, it’s important to ease into your exercise routine. Joining a gym is a great idea (you can try EVO for free), but any exercise will do. Go for longer walks, start swimming, or try whatever activity you prefer. Remember: any movement is better than none.
2 – Eat your greens
After the indulgence of the Christmas holidays, incorporating more vegetables into your meals will ease your way into your routine and facilitate your post-holiday reset. These nutrient-rich elements help detoxify your body, boost energy levels, and assist with weight management. Their freshness balances out heavy holiday meals and supports digestion, preventing bloating. Vegetables are also hydrating due to their high water content. In summary, ensure your greens are part of a well-rounded diet — Santa would approve!
3 – Get your sleep
After the holiday season’s late nights and festivities, readjusting to early mornings can be a challenge. Ensuring you’re well-rested is essential as you transition back to your routine. Not only does it impact enormously on our mood and wellness, but good shut-eye is also significant for our fitness. If you’re having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, follow these tips to make the transition smoother.
4 – Quench your thirst
The excesses of the holidays, marked by indulgent feasts and celebratory drinks, can disrupt daily routines and leave individuals feeling sluggish and bloated. Hydration is essential to human life and a significant help to get back on track after these days. Water allows valuable nutrients to travel to the blood and circulatory system, keeps joints lubricated, helps with weight management and rejuvenates your muscles, among other things.
5 – Plan ahead
During holidays, schedules and responsibilities often take a back seat. That’s why planning is essential to return to our routine. Setting clear goals and creating structured schedules can help us seamlessly transition from the relaxed holiday mode to our daily responsibilities.
6 – Be realistic
When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s easy to set unrealistic goals. These often end in disappointment, and most people react to this feeling by giving up. Consider setting achievable objectives for both fitness and your life in general. With this approach, you’ll avoid frustration and seamlessly reintegrate into your routine.