Fun Fitness Motivations

The holidays are a perfect time to let fitness routines fall right out the window. What with parties, extra worship services, decorating and shopping, it can be easy to forego those trips to the gym or neighborhood walks after dinner. I’ve found a couple of fun, low pressure incentives to keep on keepin’ on and I’m happy to share them with you.

fitness tree

Those fun girls at Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans have created a visual to help us track our December workouts. Called O Fitness Tree (25 Days of Fitness), it’s a PDF of a Christmas tree with 25 ornaments. Color in an ornament or use a sticker to cover one each day you exercise in December. I like the fact that it’s 25 days instead of 31. That takes into account people who plan a rest day each week.


If you belong to a gym that has Expresso stationary bikes, you can log on to the company’s website and create an account. Your workouts will be tracked online and you can see how you stack up against other riders. Expresso has created a December cycling challenge called the Abominable Expressnowman Challenge. There are 14 bike tours that must be completed between December 1 and 31. Fourteen is very doable, even with the craziest of schedules. In fact, today is December 6 and I’ve already done 10 of them. Granted, I’ll have to do some planning ahead before I tackle the 20-mile tour, but I’m committed to completing this challenge. Also, I plan to participate in Expresso’s challenges all winter long. They will keep me on the bike when it’s too cold to ride outside. This summer’s Girls Tri It On triathlon has reawakened my love of multi-sport so riding throughout the winter will be important.

And finally, my Healthy Holiday Habit Facebook page participants are small in number, but great in encouragement. Let me know if you want to join us.

Know of other online incentives you’d like to share? Leave a comment and please include a link to the site you reference.

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