The holiday season is in full swing. There are parties on the weekends and Christmas treats everywhere you look. Everybody is running here and there and it seems we’re all short on time. It’s December weeks like this when workouts take a back seat and sensible eating plans go out the window. It doesn’t have to be like that. Sometimes people get caught in the trap of thinking if they can’t keep to their normal gym schedule or they are more indulgent with the sweets than usual they might as well just throw in the towel and wait until the new year to get back on track.
It’s unreasonable to think that you’re going to be able to get every single workout in and that gingerbread men will never pass your lips (those sweet little guys are a personal weakness). That’s OK. You don’t have to and you shouldn’t expect to. Doing so leads to disappointment and recriminations when you can’t meet your goal.
You can’t just throw up your hands, lie on the couch and stuff cookies in your mouth during your down time, however. This is when you do what you can, when you can. A little workout is better than no workout. You might have to shorten your time in the weight room or cut your cardio sessions in half. You might have to workout three days a week instead of 5 or you might have to do some bodyweight workouts at home if you can’t get the gym at all. Making temporary modifications is a reasonable response to increased demands on your time. Giving up on your exercise program entirely and eating every holiday goodie that you see isn’t.
Remember that the exercise you do is a Christmas present to yourself. It’s a great way to keep stress at bay and you definitely want to come out on the other side of this season in good form. Who wants to start the new year out of shape, with lots of fat to try to strip and a diet that makes you feel like you’re being punished? No thanks! Simply modify your program if you need to and keep right on going!