The holiday season can take you in two directions—either you’re full-force trying to end the year strong with the promise of relaxing when come January, or you’re slacking with the promise of ‘starting fresh’ with the New Year. While neither approach is wrong per se, they both involve a bit of holiday laziness (which is good… when not in excess).

Let’s be honest with ourselves: it’s easy to get caught up in the desserts, the social outings, and the rest and relaxation time. We deserve it (really, we do). But how and where do we draw the line in terms of productive rest and downright laziness?

Whether you’re slacking off until the first of January, working hard so you can slack off when the New Year hits (haha), or somewhere in the middle of lazy-productive-chillin’-out, here are three simple ways to motivate yourself over the holiday.

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1. Surround yourself with good, centered people.

We feed off of the energy from others. If you constantly find yourself around people who don’t seem to be invested in, or care about fitness, chances are, you’re going to start slacking off, too.

It’s hard to stay motivated when people are asking you to do things with them. While you don’t have to completely isolate yourself, find boundaries and when you’re choosing to engage, do so with people who have similar values and goals.

2. Create goals for yourself.

Goal-making is one of the best strategies for accountability. When you create actual goals, you’re far more likely to commit to them (even when the path gets tough). Even if it’s as simple as getting to the studio three times per week, or doing an early morning class every Friday, creating these goals will encourage you to keep them.

3. Track your progress.

Depending on what you make your goals, track your progress. For example, if you’re trying to lose weight or eat healthier, keep a food log or weigh yourself at the end of every week. If you’re trying to make classes every Tuesday and Thursday, make reminders on your phone and checklists to see how you’re following those requirements.

Tracking your progress can motivate you and make you feel good. It’s also a way to stay engaged with your exercise program, even when you’re busy.

For other ways to motivate yourself over the holidays and other fitness tips, check out our blog page.

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa is a full-time freelance writer, editor, and fitness enthusiast located in Ocean Beach, San Diego. She is the author of the poetry collection, Somewhere On A Highway and founder of Be A Light LLC, a remote writing coaching/tutoring/editing services company.


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