I hear people say “Forget this, I’ll start hardcore in the new year.” “It’s just too hard to get going.” “I’m so out of shape and there is no point to doing anything right now.”Then there’s people like me who say “Christmas is coming up, why bother?” “I’ll start my new routine after Christmas.”There are obviously lots of us like that, because gyms are swamped every January.Going from 0-100 almost never works. That’s why the gym has lots more free space after just a few months.The most realistic and practical way to stay on track with your fitness goals during the holidays can be achieved by using these four simple tips:
1) Don’t let your diet bring you down!
This time of year, a strict diet can take its toll on your mood and your mind. Counting calories, and grams of carbohydrates, grams of protein and all the rest can make even the most jolly person ready to claw someone’s face off. Sometimes you just need to give this a break. Focus instead on making reasonable choices and go ahead and have a treat now and then. Don’t wait until you snap and eat a dozen donuts at one time!
2) Keep it simple!
There are a million “diets” that work and all kinds of fitness routines that people swear by. In the end, moving your body and making smart eating choices are always effective. Squats and lunges are great calorie burners and eating good, whole foods, will always be a safe option. So by sticking to the basics you can keep from getting burned out during the holidays. If you are needing a break from the gym, just go for a hike. If you are sick of your “Miami Beach Diet” just eat some fruits and vegetables and have some toast on wheat bread and it won’t be the end of the world.
3) Make good use of your time!
This time of year, we have parties, shopping, crappy weather and traffic. So you might not have as much time or as many opportunities to go to the gym.So when you do, make it productive and work hard on the things that are the most effective. Working large muscle groups with compound movements are always the best!
4) Try something new!
Maybe it’s time you gave Crossfit a try. Maybe, you’d like Zumba or heated yoga. Sometimes the best way to get out of a rut or keep from falling into one is to mix things up a bit. These are all just ideas. I get less motivated every winter. It’s cold outside. There are less options. It takes more effort to get ready for the gym. But the most important thing is to do the best you can to keep your fitness and mental health a priority.