^Know who challenges you beyond your abilities (and with good humour). 🤣💕
While we are unable to travel beyond our shores this year, catching up with close friends and colleagues, and spending time with family probably won't take a back seat nonetheless.
Zoom parties, small get-together drinks and multiple(ssss) Christmas luncheons and dinners – ’tis truly the season for indulgence. As a result, it can be hard to prioritize staying active, especially when you’re juggling a busy social calendar with shopping, baking and attending festive get-togethers.
Combine this with the excessive consumption of turkey and log cakes, sparking wines and the festive season's limited editions... soon you begin to realize your exercise routine dropping, but it’s still possible to enjoy Christmas while staying active with the help of the experts.
Here are some ways I stay motivated during this festive season:
Set Realistic Goals
Everyone deserves a rest and the Christmas break is a great time to take some well-earned downtime, same for me.
While throughout the year, I keep to a steady dose of endurance-based exercises to stay sane and keep my heart pumping, I tend to gear towards more strength-type workouts closer to year end and the first quarter of the following year. It has been the case as I had been relatively active in leisure competition (paradox) over the years and this strategy allowed me to build up muscle mass.
I typically choose strength-focused HIIT programs for the group dynamics that make up for my lack-of-motivation for weight-training and to maintain aerobic fitness.
You do not have to deny yourself the glass of bubbly (or in my case, mugs of deluxe hot chocolate), but do remember to drink plenty of water. Alcohol and caffeine can be dehydrating and that may trigger false signals of hunger, which may lead to overeating.
Drinking plenty of water not only suppresses appetite; it also boosts your metabolism, helping you to digest the festive treats faster and more efficiently.
A Workout Buddy
Friends, if you are reading this you definitely get it.
Combine your workouts with socializing by ‘buddying up’ with a friend and commit to working out together over the holiday season. Exercising with a friend is great way to ensure you see through your fitness goals, as you can hold each other accountable for showing up to classes or meeting for that morning walk.
It’s also a great excuse to get some (MORE) socializing booked in and have a catch up.
What about "Pies & Lattes" after Pilates? 😁✌🙌
Wishing all a blessed festive season and a great year awaits!