Christmas is my absolute favourite time of year, what is there not to love? Carols, lights, Christmas trees. But it’s a tricky time of year when it comes to sticking to your exercise and eating plans.
There are numerous Christmas parties and different types of foods that you normally wouldn’t eat, our stomachs are in a perpetual state of full. Whether it’s the goodies at the latest party or the first batches of fudge or gingerbread cookies, you’re probably filling up more than you normally do.
While there is nothing wrong with a little indulgence this time of year (as long as you try not to overeat!). It can, however be extremely hard to get going for your daily jog or class with a belly full of Christmas spirit.
My advice to you is to try to resist the urge to get lazy! It is always important to get exercise in, but it is especially important during a season where you will be eating more (or a lot more!) than usual.
You are probably thinking – ‘I’m already off the bandwagon I might as well wait until January to start back up with my fitness regime’. Nope!! The time to get back at it is now! The longer you are sedentary, the harder it is to get your body moving again. Don’t wait until January 1st to start working out again. Chances are you’ll be a little hungover that day anyway!
Get back to your gym/pool/classes/runs/personal training sessions now! Exercise tonight! Even if it’s a short walk and a set of lunges and situps. Do something to get your body and mind back in the game as soon as possible.
To get back into a fitness routine after a short break you should re-assess your goals and make a new fitness plan. It can be hard to get back into exercise (or anything for that matter) without a plan, so I recommend coming up with a short term goal that is achievable and specific.
For example: I will work out Monday, Wednesday and Friday this week after work. Monday I will go for a jog, Wednesday I will do a pump class and Friday I will go to RPM. Having a plan makes your decision to work out easier and should help motivate you to get back into the swing of things.
Happy exercising Nesters!