The holidays are here! Which means complete darkness by 4 pm, cookies galore, and holiday parties every weekend. With that being said, it can be hard to stay in shape during Christmas. It’s usually the time of year when people pack on a few pounds around their midsection. Here below are some tips to stay on track this holiday season. Remember, you can still enjoy yourself!

    1. It’s Okay to Indulge: Yes, it’s okay to indulge and grab some holiday cookies. Don’t kill or punish yourself while everyone is having a jollly good time. If you deprive yourself this holiday season, there is a higher chance of you binge eating once you’ve had enough. Create a holiday eating balance.
    2. Stay Committed to Your Schedule: This is VERY important as we enter the holiday season. If you want to indulge, then you need to stay committed to your gym schedule. This can become difficult with the time change, but you have to stay motivated. Jason and I love to indulge this time of year, but we are also kicking our butts in the gym 3-4 times a week to burn off those calories as well. Stay committed!
    3. Meal Prep During the Week: Most of the holiday eating happens on the weekend or during weeknights. A tip that might help you stay on track is to meal prep and eat healthy during your work week. I pack our lunches with chicken (eat protein!), veggies, fruit, sweet potatoes, and La Croix (lol).

Here below is my morning routine:

Monday: Light Cardio Day With The Hubby

  • Jog: Jason and I go for a 20-25 minute run with me after work. He has been so sweet to join me on this day because it would be too dark to run by myself. Ladies, I am not a fan of girls running at night by themselves. If you don’t have someone to run with you, then go to the gym and run on the treadmill after work.
  • Stretch

Tuesday: Chest & Triceps + HIIT

  • Warm Up:
    • Treadmill: Jog for 5 minutes, sprints for 5 minutes (30 second sprint, 30 second jog/repeat)
    • Stairmaster: 5 minutes. Push yourself! You should be dripping sweat by the end.
  • Bench Press: 10 reps, 4 sets
  • Tricep Dips: 10 reps, 3 sets
  • Tricep overhead extension: 10 reps, 3 sets
  • Cable Chest Flyes: 12 reps, 4 sets
  • Bent Over Barbell Row: 10 reps, 3 sets
  • Lay Down Push-Ups: 15 reps, 3 sets

*Add your favorite routine for ABS! I like to incorporate Abs between every superset.

Wednesday: Sprints + Stretching

  • Jog: Go for a 5-10 minute jog.
  • Stretch
  • Sprints: Find a hill and do 15 sprints up the hill
  • In-between Sprints: 10 jumping squats, 12 jumping lunges
  • Jump Rope: 5 sets of 100 jumps
  • Stretch

Thursday: Back & Biceps + HIIT

  • Seated Wide Grip Row: 12 reps, 3 sets
  • Straight Arm Pulldowns: 10 reps each, 3 sets
  • Lat Pulldown: 8 reps each, then 10 reps both, 3 sets
  • Bent Over Row: 10 reps, 3 sets
  • Lay Down Push Ups: 10 reps, 3 sets
  • V-Bar Seated Cable Rows: 8 rep hold, 3 sets
  • Isometric Bicep Curls: 15 reps each arm, 3 sets

*Add your favorite routine for ABS. Also, bring a jump rope to the gym and incorporate some cardio in between your sets.

Friday: Day Off

Saturday: Legs & Shoulders + HIIT

  • Abductor into Squat {use ankle strap on a low cable}: 15 reps each leg, 3 sets
  • Weighted Step Ups: 10 reps each leg, 3 sets
  • Barbell Hip Thrusts: 10 reps, 4 sets
  • Pulse Squats {hold a kettlebell}: 30 pulses, 3 sets
  • Hamstring Curls:  12 negative reps {go slowly on the way down}, 4 sets
  • Leg Extensions {heavy}: 10 reps with both legs, 8 reps each leg, 4 sets
  • Bulgarian Split Lunges: 12 reps each leg, 3 sets
  • Kickback Pulses on a Mat {use resistance band around thighs}: 30 pulses each side, 3 sets

*Add your favorite routine for ABS.

  • Sunday: Day of Rest