How To Have A Fitness Christmas…
’Tis the season to be jolly and yet not really the season in which we pay too much attention to our fitness goals.
However, we can still enjoy all that Christmas has to offer and be mindful of those hard earned gains we have sweated blood and tears for over the past twelve months!
In this article I’m going to give you 5 Fitness Christmas Tips and then a Christmas excess blow-out workout for those who indulge just a little too much…
Tip #1: Plan Ahead
I get it… Christmas is hectic.
You are ‘expected’ to do the rounds and visit all those relatives and friends you promised you would throughout the year.
This means multiple opportunities to eat, drink and be merry!
So it’s important that if you want to hang on to that valuable six-pack that took all that effort and sacrifice to acquire, you have a plan in advance.
After all, you follow a training, nutrition and recovery plan for the rest of the year (if not, why not?) so this shouldn’t be too difficult to come up with.
Then you can just follow the plan, safe in the knowledge that your belt buckle remains the same!
Tip #2: Hydrate Yourself
Any of my clients will tell you, I constantly remind them about the benefits of hydration.
And as I’m sure you know, we all drink more alcohol at Christmas. This not only plays havoc with your hydration levels but also adds to the general caloric intake!
So make sure that you go out of your way to drink plenty of water. And, just in case you need a reminder as my client did earlier, no…gin is NOT the same as water!
Tip #3: Don’t Skip The Strength Workouts
Well come on… What did you expect from a strength coach?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine’s publication, ‘Primary Care Sports Medicine,’ a “swift and significant” detraining effect occurs for athletes after only two weeks of exercise cessation, with a measurably “significant reduction in work capacity.”
What this means is muscle and fitness loss happens VERY quickly when you stay out of the gym…
Get in the gym and perform your strength sessions – Not only will you keep hold of your hard fought gains you’ll burn more calories and at Christmas that’s a real bonus!
Tip #4: Stay Active
Closely related to tip #3, you may find that your gym is shut for some of the Christmas period. If so, no need to panic.
There are a multitude of other ways to get a sweat on (see my previous article for 3 such workout options!)
Getting out of the house into the fresh air for a nice invigorating walk (especially in nature) will keep you mentally, as well as physical, fresh.
And you never know… You may be able to ambush the neighbours with snowballs!
Tip #5: Relax And Enjoy
Perhaps the most important tip if I’m honest…
Make sure you spend plenty of time laughing and having fun. Life can be stressful and time-pressed so relax, unwind and enjoy what time you get with your friends and family…
Fitness Christmas Workout…
Warm up dynamically to get a light sweat on
Complete as quickly as possible!
Ex-Athlete and Strength Coach