If like me, you have already attended a Christmas party or two and have yet more to come before the year is out, you may be allowing yourself to feel a little anxious about what the scales might say after it’s all said and done. Here are some tips for not worrying about it this year, nor next year, the year after or ever again in fact!
- If you are someone that already regularly engages in resistance training, even regular aerobic or better still – both (I’m talking 2-5 times a week). Then you have little to worry about. This one month of twelve probably isn’t going to help massively but it’s unlikely to completely ruin everything. Especially if you are already implementing my next tip….
- Set yourself goals. Not just for next year, but for the next 5-10 years. You then can break them down in to smaller timescales from there to decide upon the more immediate actions you are going to take to work towards your big picture goals. Of course priorities can easily change and thats fine. But don’t leave everything to chance, make your chances if they don’t readily come to you.
- Treat the festive period as a ‘rest/recovery week’. If you have been working out regularly then it is good practice to factor in a recovery or better yet an active recovery week. Sometimes your body needs a complete break from the routine in order for it fully compensate for the workouts you have been routinely doing. It is not uncommon to feel fresh and hit personal best lifts after a week off. This would largely apply to those that have at least trained consistently for at least 6-8 weeks prior to the festive period. If you only started 3 weeks ago then you’re probably not in desperate need of a recovery week however…
- Don’t create the conditions in which you are more likely to worry about festive indulgence. As mentioned before, if you have been in the routine of working out regularly then there is little to worry about. You know you’re going to carry on working out and implementing better diet choices in the new year. If you’re not yet regularly working out, see tip 2 and then contact me.