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