Updated: Dec 18, 2019
Published By Nutrition with Kimberly & Newport Boxfit
It's hard not to indulge this time of year, but just because it's the holidays doesn't mean you should stop making healthy choices. Keep your fitness goals in mind!
It is very easy to skip the gym and see holidays as a recovery period. However, we need to keep working towards our goals, so training and eating right is always important.
During the festive period, athletes could become under active, this can cause loss in muscle mass and strength.
If your gym is shut during the holidays, it might be quite hard for you to achieve the appropriate volume and intensity required to maintain muscle mass and strength.
So, when working out at home, do body weight exercises at a slower tempo. Some examples are: body weight squats, split squats and press ups at a tempo of 4 seconds down, 4 seconds up.
Here are some tips for staying focused and motivated over the holiday:
KEEP LONG TERM GOALS IN MIND
Remember what is important to you and what has been working for you, remember that every day.
SET DAILY GOALS
Today I will wake up and……Then do what you plan to do!
I really like my mom’s Christmas dessert, I’ll have a small piece today and save some for another day…or I really want to have a few drinks this holiday, but JUST today!
DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP!
It’s the holidays, we get it! Relax and enjoy, just don’t overdo it!
HAVE A PLAN
Keep your goals in mind, workout before meeting with family and friends, make time for rest.
SET A RETURN TO TRAINING DAY
Declare when you are ready to get back full force, and stick to it.
Daily exercise, cardio or some slow tempo at home bodyweight workouts.
High Protein, good fats and carbs on days your exercising.
Have 1-pint water for every alcoholic drink. This helps flush out the alcohol quicker.