Never skip a day: Gyms open on Christmas

Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho! I hope the holiday season has been treating you well. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all I wish the very best for you. If you don’t care for the parties or want to combat those extra calories, you may want to hit the gym today for…

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Merry Christmas!

Ho ho ho! I hope the holiday season has been treating you well. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all I wish the very best for you. If you don’t care for the parties or want to combat those extra calories, you may want to hit the gym today for a holiday workout. But what gyms are open today (gyms open on Christmas)?

Gyms open on Christmas

  • X Sport: Known to be 24/7, they are also 365 days a year.
  • Snap Fitness: Another 24/7 gym that is open year-round thanks to their key-card security system. Call your local Snap before heading over just in case, but I’d say it’s safe to say this one will be open.
  • Anytime Fitness: If you don’t see a trend here, it’s generally only the 24/7 gyms that are open on Christmas Day. The only exception is 24 Hour Fitness which is closed on Christmas Day.

Most other gyms are closed on Christmas Day. LA Fitness closes on Christmas Day, the only day of the year that they close. All other holidays they’re open but usually with shortened hours. And almost every gym is open on Christmas Eve, and of course the day after Christmas. So realistically, you could likely get away with skipping one day at the gym and taking a rest day. But, if you’re a die-hard gym junkie it may be hard for you to sit still for a day. In that case, do a fun workout at home if your gym is closed. See some great exercise ideas below that you can do anywhere!

Workout at home!

  • 60 seconds of butt kicks
  • 60 seconds of high knees/running in place
  • 30 seconds of jumping jacks
  • 30 seconds of mountain climbers
  • 3 sets of 5 burpees
  • 3 sets of 10 push ups
  • 3 sets of 10 mountain climbers 
  • 3 sets of 10 leg lifts
  • 3 sets of 10 bicycles
  • cool down/stretch

Do you plan on working out today? Is your gym open on Christmas?

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New Year’s Resolutions: What are you waiting for?

New Year, New You New Years is coming up! And what better time than January 1st to start that life change you’ve been wanting to make all year but have decided to wait until next year! Do you make a list of New Year’s resolutions? What’s on the list for 2018? Is it different or…

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New Year, New You

New Years is coming up! And what better time than January 1st to start that life change you’ve been wanting to make all year but have decided to wait until next year! Do you make a list of New Year’s resolutions? What’s on the list for 2018? Is it different or the same as years past? Is losing weight and working out more often on that list? If so, read on!

Don’t wait for 2018!

What is stopping you from starting your fitness goals today? Did you know that New Year’s resolutions, on average, last about 3 to 6 weeks. Early to mid-February, the gym empties out once again and the regulars don’t have to fight for the weight machines anymore. But, if you start today, the gym is empty now! Especially around the holidays. Everyone is out of town visiting family, so the perfect time to start your new workout regime is today!

More Demand = Higher Prices

You may think you’re getting a New Year’s special discount at the gym in January, but what you don’t know is gyms spike their rates in January. They know people are going to buy no matter what, so might as well make an extra buck out of it! If you’re smart, you’ll sign up for that gym membership in December to avoid the long lines and the higher rates.

There’s no better time than now!

Every habit takes about 3 weeks to begin, why not start now and get ahead of the mad gym rush of January 2018? If you’re in the Chicago area, come visit me at LA Fitness in Oak Brook and I’ll work up some awesome deals for you. Mention this blog post and come in before the New Year to get the best rates!

What’s stopping you from starting now? What are your New Year’s goals?

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How to stay motivated during the Holiday season

December is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you know the time you get to gather with your loved ones and eat a million Christmas cookies! Hold up, who said you have to eat all the cookies? For many, the holidays are a great excuse to eat more and workout less. Especially…

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stay motivatedDecember is here! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, you know the time you get to gather with your loved ones and eat a million Christmas cookies! Hold up, who said you have to eat all the cookies? For many, the holidays are a great excuse to eat more and workout less. Especially as it gets cold outside, it’s harder to stay motivated through the holidays. Well, I’m here to give you some ideas on how you can stay motivated despite all the good eats around you.

Holiday stress

Holidays bring stress, which can be good or bad. Sometimes the holidays make us want to stuff our faces until we no longer feel the pain, or we are just so filled with joy that we keep eating. I’m here to tell you exercise can actually help combat holiday stress and is a healthier option over a pound of cheesecake.

Stay motivated

  • Get up and go early! Also, go early and go often. Sometimes it’s best to roll out of bed and go to the gym before your mind wakes up enough to realize what’s going on. Then, afterwards, you have the whole day to do whatever you want (or just go to work).
  • Workout with a buddy! Accountability is huge! Find someone who will hold you accountable and get your butt in the gym. If you need help finding someone, check out my article here.
  • Use what you have! Even if you can’t get to the gym, you can do body-weight exercises at home, or anywhere! They don’t require a lot of space and only take about 20 minutes or less.
  • Keep track of your progress! If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight, weigh yourself every week or two to make sure you’re not veering off track. It’s also a good idea to track your other metrics every two weeks, i.e. body fat and measurements. This acts as a reminder when you’re knee-deep in that Turkey leg at the holidays and thinking about pumpkin pie.
  • Indulge and hold back. I’m not going to tell you to not indulge, but what I do recommend is limit your indulgences to one serving. Put the rest in a container in the fridge for later. This will make it easier to not go back for seconds.

How do you stay motivated through the holidays?

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How to avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma: Holidays

The Holidays are here Do you hear the sleigh-bells ringing? Are they glistening? Or is that just the turkey basting in the oven? If you’re anything like me, you’re licking your lips as you imagine yourself chowing down during this Holiday season. But with a big meal comes a big post-meal nap. And for some…

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The Holidays are here

avoid Thanksgiving feast food comaDo you hear the sleigh-bells ringing? Are they glistening? Or is that just the turkey basting in the oven? If you’re anything like me, you’re licking your lips as you imagine yourself chowing down during this Holiday season. But with a big meal comes a big post-meal nap. And for some of us, this may interfere with our Holiday shopping plans. I’m here to tell you how you can avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma.

Eat throughout the day

Whatever you do, don’t skip breakfast in lieu of an extra-large dinner! Just be smart about what you eat: stick to some protein like eggs or yogurt to hold you over until the big feast. Starving yourself all day just to gorge out at your Aunt Marge’s house is not a good idea! Be smart, and don’t starve yourself. This will also help you to not over-indulge on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.

Try to eat a balanced diet

avoid Thanksgiving feast food comaEat more than just the carbs! Stuffing and potatoes are great, but get your protein in too! Be sure to eat a healthy amount of turkey (or tofurky, for you vegans out there) in addition to those carbs. This way, you will feel full faster and hopefully avoid the itis. The I just turned into Frankenstein I’m so stuffed itis. The I just took a 5 hour long nap itis. All the things that make you miss out on life post-holiday mealtime, i.e. Black Friday. Also, be sure to drink lots of water and stay hydrated! This will also help you eat a more moderate amount.

What if it’s too late to avoid Thanksgiving feast food coma?

At the end of the day, I’m not going to tell you to not indulge! We only have a huge feast like this once a year, right? Or, if you’re like me, you hit multiple family member’s houses to get your Thanksgiving portion doubled or tripled in one day. Thanksgiving has historically been one of my favorite holidays, only because I love to eat. And eat I do. So eat away! And even if you fall into a slump afterwards, I say more power to you! BUT, I am going to challenge you to workout the next day! Most of us get the day after Thanksgiving off, and while some of us go shopping, Black Friday is a great day to hit the gym! Almost no one’s there (uh, empty gym? yes please!) and you can sweat out those extra calories you consumed the day before. If you’re not a gym junkie like me, at least go for a nice, long walk!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food?

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Global Running Day

Tomorrow is Global Running Day. This holiday started out as a national US holiday in 2009 but went global in 2016. The idea behind it is to show that fitness is fun. There’s also a Million Kid Run which is about inspiring kids to embrace running as a way to get healthy and fit. The goal…

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