HOW TO ENSURE YOU DON'T DERAIL YOUR HARD WORK FROM 2021 OVER A 1-2 MONTH PERIOD!
The festive season is upon us! It is so easy to neglect our training and fall into old or poor habits that can undo all the hard work we have put in throughout the year. Or maybe it's that you are putting off creating a new routine of training until the new year because of the festive season.
It's the best time of year to focus on your training or possibly start a training routine as it's when we are usually a little more "loose" with our nutrition.
If you are already training, some great ways to ensure you get through the festive season without completely derailing your 2021 efforts (as we know we will possibly consume incidental calories) are:
• Add some kilometres to your feet. Try a 20-minute walk at the opposite end of the day to your training session, or add a mountain climb every weekend with a mid-week walk for an hour.
• Eat super light leading into a party / big event and ensure you eat clean the next day and go for a walk on the day of the event and the following day.
• Choose 1 out of the many events you have on your calendar to be your "biggest event of the year" and go easy when attending the others. Keep your goals at the forefront of your mind.
• Some fantastic local walks to stay active on weekends are:
Mt Boulder (Mothar Mountain) – try adding a cold dip in the rock pools after the walk;
and for a decent hike that's long but pretty easy: Rainbow Beach to Poona Lake from Rainbow Beach via the sand blow is about 23km.
If you aren't training at present, you could adopt the concept of additional kilometres in the feet as mentioned above, or depending on what your body needs, you could start a training regime of three sessions a week. By doing this now, you will be more mindful of your habits over the festive season and be less likely to go completely wild during this time of year when it comes to eating and drinking. Did you know that when you start to exercise, you will naturally improve your nutrition? Exercise also helps you to improve digestion, reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety which is highly beneficial for this time of year.
You could even start a little home workout that you can do away on holidays and at home during this time to help keep the body moving. Pending injuries, how your body moves, and providing you don't experience any pain in the following routine; you could try the following circuit 2 to 3 times a week on top of walking to get yourself moving and keep off those extra festive season calories:
10 Air Squats
10 Side Lunges per side
20 Glute Bridges
20 Deadbugs (your version)
20 High Plank Shoulder Taps
20 Reverse Snow Angels
X 2-4 Rounds