A Season for Holiday Habits
10:30am the eating begins and it doesn’t subside until 2pm when it is time for a nap to sleep off the eggnog and pudding. That’s a standard Christmas Day in my household. Nevertheless, as big of a cheat day as December 25th usually turns out to be, it is always preceded by some form of exercise. Not because it is going to make any substantial difference to my caloric balance for the day, but simply to keep up my commitment to my habits in living an active lifestyle.
December is the time of year when we look back and celebrate the year that has been. It’s a season born from the coming of a heavenly being and has evolved into the celebration of those near and far by consuming a week’s worth of food in one day. It is a fantastic time to enjoy the company of those close to our hearts, but why should that mean throwing out the rule book on health for the best part of a month?
It is understandable that you might want to take the foot off full-throttle for the festive season. If you have been exercising with any regularity during the year your body could benefit from the change. However, if you are planning on building in a recovery period I would suggest only tinkering with the style and/or intensity, not the frequency.
The toughest part of any fitness regime is the maintaining of it, especially when you must contend with life’s little hiccups. So, our aim during this holiday period is to protect our habit of exercising on a regular basis. The devilish thing about a habit, especially a healthy one, is that takes far longer to implement than it does to break. So, while taking a few weeks off your fitness routine over Christmas may not necessarily close the bank on your fitness and or body composition, it will very much disrupt what could be an ingrained ritual that is so essential to our short and long-term health and well-being.
But I need a break!!! Do you? When we’re truly honest with ourselves, we know that it is not that we are working too hard physically, but that we’re recovering too poorly. The elite athlete isn’t gifted magical recovery powers to enable them to exercise with an intensity only imaginable to us. They simply work hard and recover with equal effort. Hence, the average gym-goer doesn’t require weeks off exercise to recover after a year of 3-4 days per week. Instead, we need to eat healthily and change things up. Try substituting in some of the following to break up the usual exercise routine:
- Rock climbing
- Roller blading
- Beach footy, cricket or volleyball
- Or just get out an about with the family
Simply keeping up the healthy nutrition when not socializing and substituting in different forms of exercise in different environments will allow your body to rest, recover, rejuvenate and have you raring to go come new year. Happy Holidays!
Name: Chris Zerbe
Profession: Health & Success Coach
Facebook: 313 FIT
My name is Chris Zerbe and I am the founder of 313FIT & 313 Optimal Living. We provide Health & Success Coaching to individuals and businesses in the local Ashgrove area. Previous to my coaching career I spent 8 years the corporate environment before moving into my passion to inspire others to lead happier, healthier and more successful lives. It is my absolute pleasure to be able to contribute to The Produce community and I hope I can help guide you to a better you.