Back in the Saddle
Although the Christmas season isn’t over just yet (heck, it’s only Christmas Eve), you’d probably admit that you feel a little bucked off your fitness routine. Of course the festive season is about spending time with your loved ones. But, it’s easy to get a little too carried away and over-indulge on sweet treats and delights.
Come the new year the aftermath of all that indulgence tends to take its toll. Waistbands feel tighter and energy levels begin to wane. To avoid the rut after Christmas it’s important to step back onto the health and fitness wagon ASAP.
We know that this is easier said than done. So, here are a few tips to getting back in the saddle after the festive season. Heck, maybe you’ll even pre-empt the new year!
If you’re not sure how to start, doing something is better than nothing. Get out and go for a 20-30 minute walk or run each day. Download a fitness app. Maybe join a CrossFit gym (we know pretty good one).
But, that means you have to actually do it. Put it on your calendar as an appointment. Make it non-negotiable. Put it on there like it’s the biggest client of the day, because it is. When it comes to your health you are your biggest client. If you don’t carve out some time to take care of you, you won’t be able to take care of anything else to your best capability.
Set yourself a challenge
For those with little willpower, why not set yourself a challenge? Sign up for 5k, 10k, obstacle race (we like Spartan Race, but Rugged Maniac, Tough Mudder, or even Terrain Race are all fun).
The act of signing up for an event like that in advance will help to give you the motivation needed to get back on track. After all, would you want to show and have a miserable time because you didn’t train? No. You’d want to go and enjoy it. Making sure you’re trained up and ready to go makes races like that far more enjoyable.
Also, as the days go on and it begins to feel a little like drudgery, that race will serve as a finish line to cross. Get there! Then set a new challenge and a new goal. Keep the momentum going!
Maybe the best way to get back on track and stay there is to recruit your best friend (or rival that you can’t stand to lose to, whatever works). It can be difficult to stay on track when you are going it alone. But, having a friend by your side who has the same or similar goals makes it easier and more enjoyable.
Make a pact to work out together regularly and encourage one another to stay motivated. Share support and enthusiasm. At the same time, make sure you have a system to hold each other accountable if you start to falter.
Book a Personal Trainer
One of the toughest things about getting back into it after Christmas can be knowing what to do. Hiring a personal trainer is a great way to get jump started AND add a piece of accountability. While this will come at a cost, the help of a professional will ensure that you reach your goals and do so in the right way.
Also, good personal trainers will chat with you first about your goals. That way, as you feel like tapping out, they can remind you of the picture you had in your head.
Not to mention, a good trainer takes the guess work out of fitness. They often write your program for you, you just have to make it to your appointment (remember, schedule it)!
Still not sure what to do next? Fitness is what we do. We teach people of any ability level in the Thornton, Westminster, Northglenn, Broomfield, and Brighton area to start where they are and work toward the level of fitness they need and desire to feel good about life.
If you’re tired of trying on your own with little or no results, it’s time to hire a pro. Or, in our case, a team of pros. Schedule a FREE First Steps Consultation with one of our coaches HERE.