This time of year is a weird one with fitness.
I liken it to crop circles, how people can have tomatoes in sandwiches, and why Power Plates are still about.
It’s a big mystery.
A mystery because it is the only time of year when people feel like it’s ok to give themselves 2 WHOLE WEEKS OFF their usual healthy-ness.
“It’s ok, it’s Christmas” is the usual line but actually, this magical time actually lasts for at least two weeks for a lot of people. When would you give yourself two whole weeks of eating crap and drinking too much any where else in the year? And you wouldn’t because you know it’d make you feel like poo.
I am exactly the same.
I train hard most of the year. I eat pretty well (at least during the week anyway!) but then once it gets somewhere near December the 20th, I seem to think it’s ok to shut down and give in. Not just for a few days, but pretty much until Jan 5th.
16 days! wowsers.
We never pick a time in the summer and say, “right, i’m going to stop training and stuff my face for two weeks” do we?! But we do at Christmas.
Then it’s all over. We get depressed because it’s Jan. Depressed because the weather sucks. And depressed because we’re the size of a small house, our clothes don’t fit, we have no energy and just can’t be arsed. All because we completely changed our usual routine “because it’s Christmas”.
Like I said, I do it too. I’m not for one second saying you should be part of the boring chicken and broccoli brigade, or frown at anyone drinking wine, or even train all the time. I will still suitably indulge and much more so than normal, but I’ll still be training. I’ll also pretty much limit the indulgences to Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years Eve. 3 days. Not 16!! This is also, after all, the ideal time to rest, recoup and de-stress.
Party hard, train hard, eat hard (and well) -ish.
Now chances are you’re not gonna want to mission it the gym and it’ll probably be raining (even though global warming is doing it’s best at keeping December ridiculously warm), so to help you out, here’s something to do. It’s not ground breaking, it’s nothing special, but it’s a tiny plan to follow and remember the goal…..JUST MOVE. So do this:
30 secs, as fast as possible, of:
Half press ups
Rest 1 min
Do that 5 times.
If you aren’t sure of what any of these are, help yourself to my very cheesy but uber informative videos by copying and pasting this into a browser https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFyGAFTbS1j8oQxB2KD2i3i-kICp0nZyM
15 minutes. Can’t really do it too wrong and it saves the problem of you turning into a fat, stale slob over Christmas 🙂 Challenge yourself to do it 6 times between now and Jan 4th.
It won’t make you ripped, it won’t make you mega strong, but it’ll stop you gathering moss so jump on it.
Have an awesome Christmas everybody and I’ll see you on the other side. Now where’s my beer…… 😉