If you’re anything like me, you love the Christmas and New Year period. It’s a great time to take a break from work, relax, spend time with the family … and definitely eat, drink and be merry!
It’s also a time when it can be difficult to maintain your fitness and nutrition.
On the nutrition side, I think that’s OK. It’s a time of celebration so I say tuck into the turkey, chicken or seafood, load up with a decent helping of pudding, and wash it down with a few beers, wines or whatever. Enjoy yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with doing that from time to time.
In fact I call it balance.
But try to make it occasional, and make sure that your “staples” – the things you eat and drink day in and day out – are healthy options.
On the fitness side, as many of you know I am all about habits and consistency.
Of course the priority on Christmas Day is family and finding the opportunity to exercise Is difficult. In my opinion being present on those days with your family is just as important as the exercise.
While I don’t recommend that you make your kids wait for you to do a workout before they can open the presents under the tree on Christmas morning, I do suggest that you keep getting exercise choosing moderation right through the holiday period.
Don’t train on Christmas Day if you don’t want to, but if you don’t then make sure you put in a solid effort on the 26th or 27th (have a personal best to chase as a strategic option).
Find a way to be present with your family AND exercise at the same time. Go for a long walk together, play some backyard cricket or just chase your kids around the house! I speak from experience when I say that time is, to me, the most rewarding.
If you have a few drinks to celebrate New Years’ Eve then you may not feel like training on New Years’ Day, and that’s OK too – sleep it off and save up your energy for a tough workout on January 2nd.
It’s all about reinforcing the habit and keeping up the momentum you worked hard to generate in 2019.
Now I know it’s almost the end of January already, so the holiday period has passed us, and you either did this or you didn’t.
I also know that some of you most likely DIDN’T.
If that’s you, that’s still OK. You can’t change the past, but you can change your future, and you can take the first step by getting back on the horse now.
After a month off it might not be easy to get going again, but if you need help then I’m your man. Just drop me an email at [email protected] or give me a call on (03) 9864 1833.
You only get one life. Make the most of it!