The habits and daily practices you put into effect this month will set the tone for January and subsequent months. You know that as we get closer to Christmas, the more “busy” life is going to get. It’s easy to put our workouts and eating priorities on the back burner. The problem with that is when we lose focus on training & nutrition, it snowballs into extended periods and can even completely reverse all of our hard work!
I want each of you to stay aggressive with your goals this month! I want to see you be successful even through the holidays!
Here are a few ways you can stay on it:
Set December workout goals Regardless of whether or not you indulge in holiday desserts, sticking to your exercise plan will help you handle the stress of the season. Just maintaining your routine can bring an important little bit of sanity to an otherwise crazy time of year. Workouts also releases endorphins, natural mood boosters that help cheer you up on dark winter mornings. As a bonus, many people find that when they stagger out the gym after a hard workout, it’s much easier to make smart nutritional choices because they just aren’t interested in sugary junk food. To keep yourself motivated during the holidays, try setting a personal strength or cardio goal for December, and plan some kind of reward if you make it. Having a definite plan in mind will help you much more than the vague idea that you need to keep up with your workouts.
Go to sleep. You guys know how much I LOVE SLEEP! That being said, as it gets closer to Christmas, we spend extra time awake shopping, wrapping presents, or getting ahead on work so we can enjoy time off. That makes it easy for us to go to bed late or wake up early only running on a few hours of sleep. This practice makes us vunerable to getting sick, then skipping workouts & eating comfort foods to get better. You don’t have this luxury. Get 7-8 hours of sleep each night or schedule a 20 minute nap when you stay up late.
Focus on your long term goals. It’s easy for Christmas time to feel stressful and demanding so the pressure of sticking with your macros is the icing on the cake. It’s also important not to expect perfection from yourself. In the middle of all the craziness, if you give up and just eat a sandwich because it’s right there after a marathon shopping trip and you’re starving and exhausted and don’t have the energy to go home and cook, let it go. If you’ve spent most of the year fending off your Mom’s cooking and you don’t have the patience to smile about it any longer, just eat the meal, and let it go. Beating yourself up about it won’t help. Try putting it in perspective: if you’ve seen success this far, enjoying a Christmas party or dinner will not negate that work.
Ok, here’s your homework: Decide what your strength or cardio goal is for this month and share it with me either here in the comments or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to hold you accountable to it!