Halloween is over, and we are entering into “The most wonderful time of the year.”
That’s right; we are rushing headlong into the holiday season.
It’s filled with turkey, eggnog, family, joy, presents, parties, and busyness.
What often takes a backseat during this busy time of year? That’s right, our fitness.
We get so wrapped up in all the busyness of the season that we let our fitness routine suffer and we see our progress come to a screeching halt – only to begin the cycle again in January when we make a resolution to get fitter and more dedicated.
You don’t have to allow this to happen.
Here are five helpful (I hope!) tips to not fall into the holiday trap this year:
Remember your “why”.
Whether it is to lose weight, gain strength, or just have more energy to play with the kids, we all have a reason why we spend so much time in the gym. Remind yourself each day why you choose to do this. Let’s admit, it isn’t easy, and it is often much simpler to sit on the couch after work drinking wine and relaxing or sleeping late, than it is to push yourself to the limit in the gym. But, we all have a why, which is the motivation that keeps us coming back. Keep your “why” front and center at all times.
Keep each other accountable.
One of the many ways that CrossFit has revolutionized fitness is the social aspect. When we work out in a group and suffer through the same experience we form a bond, a camaraderie that is difficult to explain. We’ve all experienced it, which comes from shared experiences. That is why those in the military form such a close bond with each other. We all end up with training partners, those who come to class at the same time as we do. I know I don’t like letting my training partners down by missing class. Commit to your training partners that you won’t let them down and you will continue coming to class during the holiday season.
Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Does anyone think you can get into perfect shape by working out one time? No, of course not. It takes hours and hours of dedicated effort over a long period of time. So, why do we think if we slip up on our diets at a party that this will destroy all our gains? It won’t. We are allowed to enjoy our lives, and if this means eating poorly and having a few drinks at a party that’s ok. Problems start when we make that a habit AND stop training in the gym. So, during this holiday season you will likely overeat or go off your diet at some point. That’s ok. Don’t see that as a failure that will ruin the gains you’ve made. A slip up here and there just means that you are human. The day after feasting on two pies of pizza, don’t give up and say “screw it.” Instead, recognize it for what it was, a symptom of being human – and start again the next day. Just like one day in the gym will not make you Rich Froning, one day of feasting on pizza will not destroy your progress.
Make a plan and stick to it.
Isn’t it true that when you plan to do something you are more likely to do it? It takes the decision-making out of the equation, which is important since we know that when we have to make a decision we often choose the one that brings us the most comfort, instead of what is best for us. At the beginning of each week decide which classes you want to attend and reserve your spot in those classes. Just like any other responsibility you have, see your hour in the gym as non-negotiable unless an emergency situation takes place.
Look at the big picture.
You have made so much progress. Don’t let all your hard work go to waste. Think of how difficult it would be to come back to the gym after taking almost two months off spent eating and gaining weight. Think of how hard it would be to get back into your fitness routine. Walking in the door is often the hardest part. It becomes harder and harder the more time you spend away.
We want to see you succeed, and we know this is the time of year when many people start to fall off, simply because of their busyness and the temptations all around you. The coaches at CrossFit 103 commit to you that we will be here for your every step of the way in your ongoing fitness journey. Make the commitment to yourself that you will continue staying consistent. Let’s make this holiday season a “Fit” holiday season.