But before I start writing this article I want to clarify two things:
- I’m all about balance and enjoying life and yourself so this won’t be a “you can’t eat this” or “you can’t do that”.
- This also won’t get you abs. Sorry.
What this will do however is minimize the impact the holidays will have on your overall fitness depending on how serious you will take the two following tips.
Don’t Overeat Or “Overdrink”: We all know that Christmas and New Years are a time of excessive eating and drinking. And trust me I’m a big fan of both. But what I would suggest to do if you want to stay as fit as possible over the holidays is to cut down on at least one of these two. Whether you either skip out on a second (or third, or fourth, or fifth) drink or you really just eat until you’re full is up to you. My personal advice: Put a tiny bit of everything on your plate so you get to taste everything there is.
Morning Exercise: If you happen to overdo it a little bit on the food or on the drinks – don’t panic: It’s still the holidays and they’re here to enjoy yourself. And, even more importantly, you can sweat at least some of those excess calories off! I know that a lot of gyms limit their opening hours over the holidays or are shut completely. But going to the gym wasn’t really what I was thinking about in the first place. Bodyweight exercises are the key to success in this situation. A couple of push-ups, pull-ups, air squats, crunches, throw in some lunges or whatever bodyweight exercise you like performed back to back with minimal rest periods burns a hell of a lot of calories in a short period of time and sends a stimulus to your muscles to tell them that they’re still needed.
And that’s pretty much it. After all, as I mentioned a couple of times, the holidays are all about enjoying yourself and spending time with the ones that you love. So I think it’s alright if you don’t take your training too seriously for those two weeks of the year.
Happy X-mas And A Happy New Year!