Running during the festive season

The end of the year is invariably the most 'happening' time in the Indian calendar. Whether it’s Christmas or the wedding season, ultimately, all it translates to is lots of “good food” (that is actually not so good for your health) and packed schedules. The challenge here is finding the time to run, and altering your training to suit your intake. In order to avoid the dangerous “holiday weight” and keep up with your running irrespective of other factors, we’ve got a few tips you can follow.

Keep at it!

Research has proven that junk food isn’t what upsets most runners during this season. Disrupting an ongoing running schedule is what causes the most stress. Holidays tempt a lot of people to sleep in late and skip the morning run, but stopping running for approximately two months means losing almost 30% of your cardiovascular fitness. If you want to catch a few more hours of shut eye, run in the evenings.

Plan in advance

Make a schedule on a weekly basis, taking religious functions and family get-togethers into account. When putting this together, don’t look at intensifying your schedule. Instead, focus on maintaining it. Running three days a week for a minimum of 20 minutes is sufficient to stay fit, relieve stress and give you enough time for holiday obligations. It’s better to shorten your runs than to eliminate them completely. If time is a major constraint, substitute duration with intensity.



Admit it. It’s really hard to say ‘no’ to all the sweets and savories laid out in front of you. The truth is, you don’t need to. You aren’t living life to the fullest if you end up placing too many restrictions on yourself. So indulge in the cakes and bond with your family over kheer! Fitness coach Jim Butler had once said- “Don’t burn the candle at both ends”. Similarly, don’t stress yourself out over the food you eat and don’t kill yourself working out after you have eaten. Eating is one activity that relieves the body of stress, so don’t make things too complicated for yourself to handle.


Though we do recommend that you don’t stop running entirely, a few rest days can have their own set of benefits. Time off means you come back refreshed, and more motivated to achieve your running goals. Enjoy some late nights and stay up late singing carols and playing antakshari. You will barely notice the difference once you resume after a short break.

Let’s raise our glasses to a fun, cheerful and productive festive season! Happy holidays everyone!