Hey, it’s another Saturday group blog post here at Fit is a Feminist Issue.
I asked the group,
“What’s your fitness focus for the holiday season?
I’m curious about our different approaches to movement as things get busy. What are you going to let go? What are you going to hang on to?”
Here’s our replies:
In keeping with Making Space and Finishing Soft, I’m doing more yoga and a lot of stretching.
I’m actually doing yoga at the beginning and the end of the day and some yoga nidra before bed.
The real trick for me, like for many people, is convincing myself to get on the mat in the first place so I picked times when it would fit into the rhythm of my day.
Here’s my inspirational/aspirational photo of Khalee resting.
Every year I get more grumpy about this holiday: it starts too early, it costs too much, and its expectations and traditions set people up for stress and sadness. So to combat my grumpiness I signed up for a HoHoHoliday 5K run, with fundraising proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation. I’ve asked everyone to donate any present money they would spend on me. I’ve never in my life run a 5K race (much less in a Santa suit), so for the first time ever I’m getting out every few days to run. It’s been a new experience for me that I’ve enjoyed, and I’ll see if I maybe want to keep up the running after my race. I’m dressing up as the Grinch and sending personalized thank you photos to everyone who donates…so far I am over $1200, which is amazing.
I started a ten week weight training program today called EPIC by Caroline Girvan and that’s my focus, with walking, to carry me through the holidays and into 2024. The workouts are all on YouTube and explained in a guide on her website.
Christmas will be small this year as kids are spending time with the families of their partners and I have offered to be the designated person in the office between Christmas and the new year. I have a lifeguarding course starting in early January and I need to improve my sprint speeds if in order to pass. As a result, my fitness focus will be riding my bike to work and the pool, and swimming as often as possible.
I’m going to Costa Rica so I hope to move a lot every day! Yoga in the morning! Hiking in the rainforest! Horses! Walking on the beach!
I love December challenges but this year I seem just be doing the usual things. I’m going to physio and personal training, riding my bike in Zwift, walking Cheddar, and trying some new things at the gym, Anti-Gravity Yoga, Hot Yin Yoga, and Zumba. But I still keep feeling the lure of December fitness challenges. Some year I want to do the Festive 500, bike 500 between Dec 24th and Dec 31st, but not this year. We have visitors here for those dates and it would be awfully antisocial. Two years ago I was wondering which holiday fitness challenge to choose. For years I did a US Thanksgiving to Christmas Day running streak. Earlier in the blog’s history I was tempted by treating the week after Christmas as a personal fitness bootcamp and I might get back to that. It’s usually a quiet week and I’m off work. I’ll report back on that last week of the year!
I am very boring in the sense that my workout rarely changes. I plan to do the same, same, with momentary, trivial, anxiety, such as, “if I go to my usual class on Saturday, how do I do some prep before so that I can proceed with my annual cookie baking day, afterwards, efficiently.
I’m driving south for the holidays with family, and I’ve found that no matter how stressed or busy or chaotic my schedule is, I’ve always made time to explore both new and familiar parks and nature preserves on foot, preferably with family and dogs. So that’s my plan. There are some nice riverfront trails to walk and maybe even a beach or two to stroll along.