Two Ways to Make Holiday Fitness Happen

Just because we have entered the holiday season doesn’t mean we have to boot exercise off our schedule. Let’s anchor our exercise so we can continue to feel strong, confident, and healthy all the way till January!

Plan your holiday schedule around your workouts; don’t plan your workouts around your schedule.

For example, if a friend calls and begs you to go out to brunch during a scheduled workout, ask them to meet up at another time (or even better, ask them to come workout with you!).

Strategize how you can balance increased demands on your time while maintaining your commitment to exercise. Anticipating and planning for disruptions in your schedule will help you keep exercise consistent during this busy time of the year.

Think “back up” strategies.  Put some non-negotiable “you” time in your calendar that you can use for a workout if all else fails. Or write down a 20 minute “back up” workout that you can easily do at home.  And when you are crunched for time, do this workout first thing in the morning or last thing at night.


Just because you can’t make it to the gym/class or can’t find a babysitter doesn’t mean you can’t workout. Try something new!

  • Go snowshoeing with your family. It’s only $5/hour at Lincoln Marsh in Wheaton!
  • Try cross-country skiing at the Arrowhead Golf Club.
  • Enjoy a walk to though the Morton Arboretum and get in the holiday spirit with “Illumination.”
  • Have a dance party in the kitchen.
  • Throw down a challenge with a fellow gamer on Wii Fit or Kinect Sports.

Being consistent and creative with your workouts will keep stress and extra pounds off this holiday season!

About Pam Strand

Pam Strand is the owner of Strand Fitness, a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, & Chicago Western Suburbs. To learn more about how Strand Fitness can help you reach your fitness goals, contact Pam (630 653 8152) and schedule your free fitness consultation. You can also learn more about our fitness solutions here:

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