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Christine Luff

Stay Motivated During the Holidays

By December 6, 2013

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A hectic holiday schedule can really kill your motivation to keep up your running habit. But exercise can help keep stress at bay and prevent weight gain. Here are some ways you can make sure you continue running during the holidays.

Set realistic goals. Don't try to lose weight or make serious fitness improvements over the holidays. Aim to maintain your weight and fitness, and you'll be less likely to give up completely if you miss a run or two.

Add some holiday cheer to your runs. Infusing some holiday spirit into your runs will give you a little motivation boost.  Wear a Santa hat or reindeer ears during your run. Go for an evening run (but make sure you can be seen in the dark, of course) to check out the neighborhood holiday lights. Listen to some holiday running songs during your treadmill runs.

Be prepared with a home workout. Create a home workout routine for those times you just doesn't have time to get to the gym. Lunges, squats, heel raises, and push-ups, and many other strengthening exercises can be done without any gym equipment. You can alternate between running up and down the stairs (or marching in place) for a minute and doing a strengthening exercise for a minute.

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