As summer and the festivities that follow start to come around, some people tend to get a little anxious about how they’re going to keep fit and healthy while still making it to all those Christmas lunches. We’re not here to tell you to skip the pudding and drink more water than Champagne (although that one is probably wise), because we think life is meant to be lived, but we do have some tips that will help you along the way.
Make yourself a priority
During the busy season that is summer, work parties, family parties, friend get togethers, Christmas, New Years, the list goes on, there is going to be more on than you’ll have the energy and time for. You don’t have to do everything and you don’t have to commit 100% to anything either. Make sure you know much you have to give and work within that. If it means going to something for an hour so you can get sleep to hit yoga in the morning, that’s what it means. It if means letting your hair down and sleeping in the next day, that’s what it means. Listen to what you need and let your schedule accommodate for that.
Set your classes like meetings and don’t break that meeting
You want to make it to four classes a week? Just like meetings, schedule them in your calendar and make them non-negotiable. It makes it easier to stick to. Communicate that you have commitments during these times and you’ll do other things after you’ve finished. Have the ability to stand up for yourself too.
Let your health and fitness routines include those around you
If you usually hit your mat or your jog solo, what about including friends and family? Could you bring a friend to yoga or Pilates who wants to see you? Could you get the family out and active on Sunday making it quality time and great for your health as well? It doesn’t have to be one or the other.
Give yourself a break too
When we start to get stressed about our exercise it could be a sign we need to give ourselves a break. There’s a reason that Christmas is called the silly season, it’s meant to be joyous, fun, filled with family, friends, and sometimes one too many servings of Pavlova. If your training is getting in the way of that, let yourself have a break, maybe check in with why it makes you so stressed, and remember, life has to be allowed to be balanced.
Remember that one average but consistent month is better than a perfect day or week
When it comes to health and fitness, sometimes we can let ourselves get too strict and caught up in the details. But anyone whose life is built on an idea of health and fitness (rather than someone who’s on a quick diet) will tell you that consistently being good at eating well and moving your body is far better than sometimes being excellent. It keeps us happier in the mind and our bodies will respond better.