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Prioritizing fitness during the holidays may seem like an impossible task. However, there are small yet effective ways to keep your motivation strong during this busy time. The following fitness tips will help you ring in the new year feeling better and stronger than ever:

  1. Exercise in the morningGet your blood pumping and energized for a productive day ahead by exercising in the morning. It can be as simple as stretching or more intensive like going for a run. Morning exercise also helps you sleep better at night.
    Set realistic fitness goals
  2. Set realistic fitness goalsGetting started on your fitness journey can be difficult. Setting realistic goals for yourself can help keep you on track. Remember to set both short term and long-term goals.
  3. Keep a fitness logOnce you have figured out your fitness goals, a fitness log can help you measure your results. Write an entry every time you complete a workout and refer back to the log periodically (weekly, monthly, etc.). Reflect on your progress and take note of any challenges. Make necessary changes based on your findings.
  4. Make time for fitnessConsistency is key. Schedule a time for exercise every week. The CDC recommends at least 2.5 hours a week (30 minutes a day, 5 days a week) of physical activity.
  5. Make a daily activity into a fitness opportunityIf you are unable to find a time that works for your schedule, try combining exercise with a daily routine. Take the stairs rather than the elevator or bike rather than drive to nearby locations.
  6. CommunityFitness does not have to be a solo endeavor. Ask a friend to be your gym buddy or join a group fitness class to build a network of supporters around you that will keep your motivation high and accountability strong.

The rewards of exercising regularly are exponential over time. Better memory and heart health are just a few of the benefits you gain from exercise. Visit Sequoia Strong to find a complete list of local fitness resources to guide you on your health fitness journey.