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No Holiday Slumps – Your Guide to a Healthy Holiday Season

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We get it – things are crazy this time of year. There’s traveling to see friends and family, Christmas parties galore, and shopping to find that perfect gift for your loved ones. Whether you’re out of town, busy indulging in holiday cheer, or just feeling less than motivated this time of year, your wellness doesn’t have to suffer.

For the Traveler
It can be challenging to fit in our workouts while we’re on the road (or in the sky). But, “limited equipment” and “short on time” are no excuse to squeeze in an effective workout. Utilize your bodyweight, odd objects, and Tabata-style workouts to keep your training going. Check out Coach Shane Farmer’s Instagram (rowing coach who visited Fathom back in October) to see him complete 300 air squats on a flight from the US to Amsterdam.


Travel WODs
5 Push-ups
10 Sit-ups
15 Air Squats

Min 1: 12 Burpees
Min 2: 30 Mountain Climbers
Min 3: 10 Goblet Squats (find an odd object!)

For the Party-Goer
Eggnog. Pecan pie. Hard apple cider. I’d never tell you to pass up on your favorite holiday fare, but prioritizing your indulgences is a great strategy to avoid overeating and massive hangovers. Choose your top two treats, and skip the others that are just ‘meh’ – and don’t forget to hydrate between cocktails!

For the “I Just Wanna Netflix and Chill”
Getting dark (and cold) at 5pm can definitely weaken the intrinsic motivation of even the most consistent workout enthusiasts. Use this time around the New Year to set goals for yourself – maybe you sign up for a race in early in the year that you’ll need to train for; or, you want to get that first Bar Muscle-Up. Utilize outside sources to keep you motivated – your body and mind will thank you!

Lastly, remember that this doesn’t have to be the most stressful time of the year. Honor yourself by getting good sleep, taking time to notice the little things, and appreciate how strong you truly are.


Happy Holidays!
Coach Libby