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December 7, 2023

The Gift of Consistency: Maintaining Your Gym and Martial Arts Training Routine Over the Holidays

Marika Dasbach

The Gift of Consistency: Maintaining Your Gym and Martial Arts Training Routine Over the Holidays

The holiday season always brings a time of joy, celebration and quality moments with loved ones. It also brings a busy energy of hustle and bustle which – if we’re not careful – can have us lost in the bread sauce, neglecting our intricately cultivated fitness routines.

While indulging in treats and relaxation are a [required] part of the holiday spirit, maintaining your gym and martial arts training routine can make a valuable gift to yourself amid this opulent season. 

Let’s explore why you would want to stay committed to your fitness journey during the holidays!

Physical well-being

Amidst the onslaught of holiday parties, a commitment to your fitness routine becomes even more crucial. Regular exercise helps maintain your movement, which can decrease during festive season due to irregular schedules, plans and travel. Daily movement is especially important to overall health and well-being; why should you throw your progress to the wayside during the holidays?

In addition to feeling better, focusing on your gym routine can make it easier to stick to balanced meal choices and not over-doing it on sweets and treats. Definitely save room for holiday cookies — just make sure you’re also still focusing on protein and vegetables.

Consistency in your gym and martial arts training ensures that you stay in good shape and feel better equipped to handle the physical demands of life (like all the extra social holiday activities!)

Stress management

The holiday season, despite its joyful atmosphere, can also bring about a fair amount of stress and anxiety. Whether it’s the pressure of gift-giving, family gatherings or travel, maintaining your fitness routine can become a powerful stress-reliever.

Physical activity releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood enhancers, helping to alleviate stress and boost your overall sense of well-being. Incorporating martial arts training, in particular, can provide an outlet for pent-up tension and boost your mental resilience.

Maintaining routine and discipline

The holiday season often disrupts regular schedules, making it tempting to push aside your fitness routine for a few weeks. However, maintaining discipline during this time is crucial for long-term success.

Continuing your gym and martial arts training reinforces the importance of consistency and self-discipline until it has just become a way of life. This commitment to yourself and your well-being extends beyond the holiday season; it sets a positive tone for the upcoming year and positions you for success.

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Social connection

Many people use the holidays as an opportunity to connect with friends and family. Incorporating fitness into these social interactions can make a different, fun and rewarding experience together.

Consider inviting loved ones to join you for a workout or a martial arts class that you’d normally do anyways. Shared physical activities not only promote bonding and encourage a healthy lifestyle for everyone involved, but can be the best way to laugh together and have a great time.

Mind-body connection

Gym and martial arts training emphasize the mind-body connection, fostering mindfulness and self-awareness. Amidst the chaos of the holidays, taking the time to focus on your physical well-being can become an incredibly grounding force, allowing you to stay connected with your body and mind. This mindfulness can positively impact other aspects of your life and others around you, helping you navigate the season with a greater sense of balance and presence.

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As the holiday season unfolds, remember that maintaining your gym and martial arts training routine is not just about staying fit; it’s a holistic investment in your well-being.

Prioritizing your physical health during this festive time ensures that you enter the new year with energy, resilience, and a positive mindset. So, unwrap the gift of consistency and embark on the journey to a healthier, happier you this holiday season.

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