Having fun over the holidays is not a bad thing. After all, it is what the holidays are all about. It is the perfect time to socialize and catch up with relatives and friends over a bountiful dinner. During this time, it can't be helped that we forget about exercising. Skipping workout sessions and doing away with your fitness routine altogether over the Christmas or New Year's Day celebrations is understandable. But of course, there is the challenge to get back on track once the festivities are over.
It sure is going to be tough, but like all other goals, it is not unachievable. Read on for some tips on how to ease back into your fitness routine after the holiday season.
Start with a low-intensity activity
First, and foremost, it is important not to start doing high-intensity activities right after the break. Starting with something easy like going for a light jog or even running in place is helpful. Trying out something new such as swimming, skipping rope, or dancing is also therapeutic and beneficial. Not only are they full-body workouts, but these can also improve your cardiovascular health.
To aid you through these activities, it pays to have a device that can help you track your health stats and your progress until you are ready to get back to doing more intense workouts. For those who want to try indoor biking, get Garmin’s Tacx Galaxia Advanced Roller Trainer or the Tacx Boost. This device allows you to cycle freely, regardless of whether you want to do so inside your house or around the neighborhood.
Follow the 5-minute rule
Stick to a five-minute rule. Some workouts can be a bit overwhelming at first, but what matters more is the effort you put into every activity and not the duration. Instead of doing workouts for over 30 minutes, try doing it for as quick as 5 minutes, and once you get the hang of it, you can gradually increase the duration.
Observing a five-minute rule during your workouts will not only get you in the right mood, but it will help you—slowly but surely—cozy up to this seemingly unfamiliar routine that your body used to be accustomed to. It will also help mellow down the overwhelming feeling of doing workouts after a long break. Doing it will also prevent strains and injuries.
As the intensity or duration of your workouts increases, you need a device to help you keep track of how well you have been doing. Monitor your performance with Garmin’s Vivomove Sport, Venu 2 Plus, or the Vivofit 4! These wearables will stay by your side to give you all the pieces of information you need to know about your body until you reach your fitness destination.
Schedule your workouts
As much as possible, try to come up with a schedule. Make sure to allot at least five minutes to an hour of your day to workouts. If you have a swimming pool at home or somewhere near, take some time to go for a swim in the morning or at night, whichever works for you. Jogging or running in place after several hours of sitting and staring at your computer screen does wonders too.
Everything has to be planned, or else, it won’t happen. The holiday break often leaves us wanting for more time to just rest and chill, so it becomes a challenge to convince ourselves to get moving again. Keeping a schedule and following it would help a lot. Before the day ends and the next one starts, prepare everything you need for your workout, such as gears and clothes.
Remember why you’re working out in the first place
Remember how good it makes you feel and what it can do for you. Being able to work out gives such an awesome feeling. Relive the rush and the glow you used to revel in after every session. At the end of the day, it will always be beneficial for you. Working out lifts up your mood, keeps you in your best shape, and helps you see yourself in a better light.
Working out, or any activity at that, is fun but can be too much at times. That’s why taking breaks is necessary. But never forget why you have to keep moving. Always remember that you are doing this for a reason. So this new year, get up and continue to tread the path towards wellness. And to guide you, get a device from the brand that is committed to helping you reach your fitness destination, Garmin.