Stay on Track With Our 4-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Whether you're new to the healthy lifestyle journey or a seasoned veteran, the holidays are a challenge for all of us. Between cookie exchanges, holiday parties, potlucks at the office and bags of candy the kids bring home from school, even the most dedicated meal planner or calorie counter might see their willpower waver. Does that mean you're destined to pack on the pounds between now and January 1st, though? Believe it or not, with a little planning ahead and some determination, you can enjoy the holiday season while still going after your goals.

Think back to how you've felt after the holidays in years past. Was there disappointment that you overindulged? Did you feel discouraged that you undid a lot of the progress you'd made earlier in the year? Did you experience the feeling of "Oh great, here we go again"? You can't change the mistakes of the past, but you can learn from them. Instead of giving yourself a mountain to start climbing again on the first day of the new year, what if this year was different? Could this be the year that you keep moving forward, regardless of the temptations life (and Grandma's apple pie!) throw at you?

Planning is everything, so we've got a four-week program to help you stay motivated and on track throughout the holiday season. Focus on one workout, one nutrition tip and one motivational reminder each day to make this holiday season different from all the rest. If the daily workout doesn't meet your needs or the nutrition tip is something you already do, feel free to customize the program to fit your life and your goals. Commit to making this holiday season one full of good health and happiness! 

Weeks 1 & 3 Workouts

Monday: Walking Workout With Intervals
Tuesday: 20-Minute Dumbbell Workout
Thursday: Dance and Be Fit
Friday: Full-Body Time-Saving Strength Workout
Saturday: Low-Impact HIIT Cardio Workout
Sunday: Yoga Lengthen and Strengthen

Weeks 2 & 4 Workouts

Monday: Zero-Equipment Cardio Workout
Tuesday: Fat-Blasting, Full-Body Routine
Thursday: Bodyweight Strength Workout
Friday: Cardio Kickboxing Workout
Saturday: Jump Start Cardio Workout
Sunday: Yoga Meditation and Stretch

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KADORVINEN 12/17/2017
Great suggestions. Report
BONDMANUS2002 12/14/2017
Good list Report
SUSANBEAMON 12/12/2017
Is this on the challenge wall? I didn't see it there. Not there, I must conclude not a real challenge. Not doing fake, pointless challenge thingy. Report
NANCYPAT1 12/7/2017
Great ideas Report
PLCHAPPELL 12/5/2017
I plan to be successful. Report
SPARKLYEYES71 12/4/2017
I was ready to sign up if only it was a 30 day challenge that would send reminders every day.... Report
WARRIORGIRL121 12/4/2017
I agree with some others - I would like this as an addition to the 30 Day Challenges at Challenge Central! Report
DAVENSHERI 12/4/2017
Yes! I need some good motivation to make it through the holidays. I just started a week ago and didn't want to wait any longer to take care of myself! Report
ANNEMARIE30 12/4/2017
I like this, I'm only ramping up (after a break and a lot more weight!) so these tips will come in handy to keep me on track! Report
AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2017
Nice! Thank you! Report
MARITIMER3 12/4/2017
Thanks for the holiday challenge... count me in! Report
ETHELMERZ 12/4/2017
Had a better holiday season when I didnít think about food at all, now just want the season to be over with. Report
APONI_KB 12/4/2017
I'd love to see this become a 30 day challenge. Report
SABLENESS 12/4/2017
This would be a lot more useful as a daily challenge like the other 30 day challenges. Report
PLANANAN 12/4/2017
Why isnít this on a challenge page. I canít save it anywhere to just shave a go to tick list Report
I like this Report
PAMBROWN62 12/2/2017
I am going to give this a try. Maybe I can get rid of a couple of pounds during the holiday season. Report
KHSJBEACH 11/20/2017
awesome! Report
NANCYPAT1 11/20/2017
Nice Report
SUSANBEAMON 11/20/2017
Why isn't this on the challenge page? I do not have a printer. I like the daily reminders I get with the other challenges, plus the points. Report
RHOOK20047 11/19/2017
I printed this out and plan to put it to use.! Report
JIACOLO 11/18/2017
I may have to print this out and use it to help me stay on track. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 11/18/2017
thanks Report
4LMHJCR 11/18/2017
some great suggestions - going to bookmark this so that I can review it every day. Thanks Report
MEROBERTS21 11/18/2017
Some great tips and suggestions. Report
CHERYL4808 11/17/2017
This looks like the perfect Challenge for me. I'm in. Report
BIKE4HEALTH 11/17/2017
Good stuff...thanks Report
Great support ideas Report
BILLTHOMSON 11/17/2017
Some great tips and suggestions Report
MNABOY 11/15/2017
Good ideas Report
RD03875 11/15/2017
Wish this could be made up as a CHALLENGE! Report
PWILLOW1 11/14/2017
Some great idea in this article to keep us on track. Thank you. Report
ROCKS8ROX 11/14/2017
This sounds like a great plan and gift to all of us for the holidays! Thank you! Report
TURQUROISE 11/14/2017
I was hoping this was a real daily challenge to help me keep my diet in check over the holiday season. Something that lasted daily until the new year. Report
BLONDWUNN 11/14/2017
Thanks for the great tips just in time for the holiday!
Interesting! Report
TERRI1458 11/14/2017
How can we join this challenge? This is a challenge that I would do right now. Report
HOLLYM48 11/14/2017
Great information! Report
Great ideas! Report
RAWCOOKIE 11/14/2017
It is always fun to have something specific to focus on - and I am going to 'save' this to my favourites and follow it for 5 weeks from Nov 27th. I've bookmarked it on my computer. I was also able to save the graphics as a jpg and keep in on my desktop. Report
PATRICIA-CR 11/14/2017
Love this Holiday plan! Great to have something solid and new to follow! Report
NELLJONES 11/14/2017
Planning IS everything!! Report
PLCHAPPELL 11/14/2017
Great suggestions. Report
IAMAUNTYEM 11/13/2017
Great idea! I will commit to this, somehow! Report
JDOL1028 11/13/2017
Thank you for all the great ideas. I love the fact that this information is freely available for everyone. Everyone deserves to be healthy! Report
thanks...will definitely do this... Report
MULTIMOM 11/13/2017
I plan to follow these steps. t
Thanks for posting! Report
RHOOK20047 11/13/2017
Great suggestions to keep on program during the holidays. Report
TWINZ_LOCZ 11/13/2017
good tips Report
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