Hey athletes, Coach David here and man I am excited about Christmas! I know not everyone is a holiday fan, but the family time it brings is my favorite. But for those who have been working their butts off, it can be a difficult time in fear of indulging too much and getting away from their progress. The first thing I want everyone to do is enjoy their time off. The second thing I want you to do is not ruin what you have earned. That being said, here are a few things you can do to stay on track!
The first thing I would suggest is maintaining a morning routine. This goes for both morning and afternoon athletes. I’ve talked about it before, but when you get up in the morning, set a push up, sit up and squat routine. I suggest 50 of each, but if you need to start somewhere closer to 25, that works as well….just do it twice. The intensity may not be the same of that in the gym, but it will give your body a boost every morning and keep your body used to getting in some work.
The second thing I would do is use a week during the break to try yoga. Yoga is excellent for revitalizing your body and mind. It doesn’t have to be an intense flow, even something mellow will help your body recover during the break while still getting in some exercise.
Third, I would Stay on top of your water drinking and quality of food. Remember there is only 1 day during the break that really requires any time of celebration with food and that day is Christmas. Just because you are on break from the gym, doesn’t mean it is open season for food. Don’t wait for 2015 to start getting better, use the days leading put to the new year to start getting adjusted to better eating and hydration.
Finally, I would try something new. Never been kayaking? Go rent a kayak at Zilker Park. Haven’t ran the trails in Austin? Hit up the Green Belt! There are so many great activities, we just have to get away from the TV and computer for a bit and go enjoy it!
So don’t let this Holiday be the days you let yourself get away from…well…yourself. There are no excuses to be had. Go enjoy the body you’ve been given and use it to move and explore. Stick with quality foods and be sure to stay hydrated. 2015 will be here quickly, make sure you aren’t behind when we start training again!
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