Its that time of year again when the jolly red man is on his way, christmas parties are coming thick and thin and it’s so easy to simply sit back and do the dog.
I do love christmas and everything that comes with it, especially the atmosphere, turkey, brussels sprouts, chocolate and desserts. The huge problem is that most people get completely carried away with it and dig themselves into an even deeper health and fitness rut.
So how can you get through this great time of year with nights out and catching up with friends and family (and all the alcohol, sugary treats and junk food that goes with it) that goes with it?
At the moment you might be thinking to yourself:
- Its crazy at work/home and i can’t make time for training, eating healthy or relaxing
- Sure it’s only once a year. I’ll do the dog for 3 (or 4) weeks. What’s the harm. I love Christmas
- Ill start again in January when i have more time. New year, new me and all that. (AAAAAAAHHHHHHHH)
How can you avoid a lot of this?
- Stay on track! Keep your training times the same avoid chopping and changing as much as possible. We see this with our most successful clients
- Stop making a big fuss out it. Enjoy yourself but don’t turn it into 2 weeks of sitting on the couch eating your way through the 5th tin of roses
- Reinforce your good habits, keep in control of your portion sizes (most of the time) and if you’re struggling go back to basics
- Have a few days off? Don’t waste it all on the couch. Get to the gym or go for a walk
- Keep your goals on your mind. Remember all your hard work
- Set mini goals over christmas. Train 3 times a week or getting a 45 minute walk in everyday. Focus on one aspect of your nutrition and keep it consistent e.g. eat tons of vegetables, drink 2 litres of water, etc.
- Avoid the dreaded New Years resolution. Most people never stick with them. Most wake up with a hangover and look for a fry on the 1st of January. But then again, they said they’re starting on Monday the 5th so they’re still on track 🙂 ARE. YOU. SERIOUS?
- Take time to relax and don’t stress over having to buy 101 presents or getting a gazillion things done. Take a bath. Catch a nap. Get a massage. It’s all good.
Did this blog rock your health & fitness world and make you see Christmas in a while new light?
Are you going ton follow any of the above advice?
Tell us your point of view in the comments section.
Thats me for this week guys.
Train hard, train smart, stay healthy and have a great Christmas from all the team here at Steve McGrath Health & Performance.