5 ways to keep working out during the Christmas holidays, according to personal trainer Sam Wood

Sure, you might have some time off work but your health doesn’t take vacations. Personal trainer Sam Wood on how to keep moving throughout the busy Christmas period.

At this time of year, there is a lot of temptation, a lot of celebration and we tend to lose our normal structure. Unfortunately, calories and weight gain don’t discriminate.

If we stop moving, our body but continue to consume and we will gain weight at this time of year. So, here are 5 simple ways for you to stay on track or even get ahead at this challenging time.

Move in the morning

Procrastination is the enemy of success which is why I love morning workouts. It’s far less likely that ‘stuff’ will get in the way, you’ll keep putting it off or you’ll run out of time.

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Get the family involved

Over the summer, I love to exercise with my family. Whether this is some beach cricket with all the cousins, afternoon bike rides with Willow, long runs with Eve or a morning walk with the whole family- as long as you are moving your body, you’re doing it right.

Get an accountability buddy

When you’re out of routine or on holiday, it can be easy to let your workouts slip and have no-one hold you accountable. If you can, get a training partner. Having someone to train with can make it far more enjoyable and you’ll be way less likely to skip your workout if you’ll be letting someone else down.

Home workouts

Being away, busy or without access to equipment or a gym is not an excuse to not work out. After 2020, home workouts are here to stay and with so many different kinds available on various platforms- you are sure to find something that works for you and that you enjoy.

Step it up

Use the holidays as an opportunity to get outdoors. If you’re travelling or having some time off work, ditch the car and head off on foot to get from a to b and use the extra time up your sleeve as an opportunity to get some incidental exercise in. Extra walks are such an easy thing to sneak into your day. For example, even if you’re at the beach- go for a walk along the sand to really get those extra steps in. It all adds up!

So remember, just because things change doesn’t mean you should completely stop moving. Follow these tips, keep that body moving and you’ll be thankful that you did when the new year rolls around.

Sam Wood is the founder of 28 by Sam Wood. Follow him on Instagram @samjameswood.