Christmas and all of the build up can be particularly challenging if you’re in a consistent fitness routine, whether you’re working towards a specific goal or just trying to stay on track. I often get asked how do you keep up all your workouts and stay motivated when there’s so much else going on? The simple answer is I try to see this stage as a time for management rather than a time for PBs – remember doing something is better than doing nothing, even if it is 10 minutes. I think that it’s also a great time to remember how far you’ve come this year and how much you have achieved and to enjoy this time now with family and friends and celebrate. However in saying this you also don’t need to forget about your fitness completely esp if you have an end of the year target in sight. My advice is to find your balance and do what you can. So, ensure you get the rest you need, enjoy the festivities and here’s a few tips to ensure you keep on track with your fitness should you need them:
- Try to choose small, specific, achievable goals which boost morale. Try to not think too long term – now probably isn’t the time to take up running or take on an ironman! Commit to the things you know you can achieve if you put your mind to it and plan. If its in the diary you are more likely to do them. Think about the best way to achieve this maybe it’s booking into a yoga class, joining a quick online HIIT session. Can you commit to 3 short classes per week or getting out daily for a walk and some fresh air? Now that sounds much more achievable. Can you combine this with seeing a friend at the same time and walking/exercising together?
- Hydration is key in party season! It will help with the digestion of the rich foods, as well as improving concentration, focus and performance. If you’re having that glass of bubbles it’s great to alternate an alcoholic drink with a large glass of water.
- Vary your workouts – your normal routine is probably hard to follow this month so why not mix up your training too?! Try that new class, do the free trial and see what you think. We are much more likely to stick with an exercise routine that we enjoy. Keep your workouts short when you are pushed for time in the busy period (maybe try a quick hiit 20. min blast) and try to get them done first thing in the morning before the busy day begins.
- On that note, set an early alarm – it sounds mad, you’re probably out later than normal some nights but getting up early, getting out for a walk and seizing the day can massively help concentration and productivity and put you in the right mindset. A Christmas Day early walk is an amazing energizer!
- Don’t forget to prioritise your sleep this month! SO SO KEY. Not only will you feel more inclined to workout but you will also make better food choices, be more focussed, boost your immune system etc to keep you going through December!
- Remember finally it’s all about balance this month: try to keep your diet in check with vitamins and nutrient rich foods in your meals to replenish those energy stores and boost immunity! But also enjoy those festive treats!
So are you looking for a quick class to fit into your busy week or a new programme to shake up your training and boost motivation? Why not try my In Ten series or the 15 minute express workouts? There’s a free class for you to try here. Let me know how you get on!