Silly season is now upon us and this such a fun and busy time of year! The weather is heating up (at least on our side of the world, Australia!), Christmas is coming and our social calendars are filling up! With the recent relaxation of COVID restrictions there's even more reason to celebrate this year than usual. Some of us may not have seen family or friends in a long time so there’s lots of catching up to do. Along with the usual raft of Christmas parties, end-of-year parties, and "just because" parties popping up all over the place. FUN!
And because of all this fun going on, it does mean it's harder to stay on track. There’s more temptation food and drink wise and our busy schedules can get the better of us and mean a more relaxed approach to health and fitness.
With ALL of this in mind, these are my top tips for helping you stay on track and keep on top of your heath and fitness goals over the silly season.
But before I get in to it, please remember, it is Christmas after all. This time of year, is meant to be fun. So, don't be too hard on yourself. It's been a tough year. Many of us haven't been able to spend a lot of time with our nearest and dearest. So, make sure you are having fun and celebrating too!
Keep up your training routine
Whilst you might have to really dig deep to get your training done, this is a very important point. If you have been training all year or even if you have just got into a routine of exercising regularly, you need to stay on track! Remember how those first few training sessions felt? You don’t want to go back to that. The hardest part about getting into a routine is starting. So, stay consistent and don’t compromise on this. Remember this is such a small part of your day, that makes such a big impact on our mood and wellbeing.
Get it done early
There’s two parts to this tip.
#1 Get your training done during the week
#2 Do it first thing in the morning.
I find that this is the best way to approach this time of year (and the rest of the year to be honest!). It means that you can tick this off your list early and get on with you day and also means that you can relax over the weekend knowing that you have already smashed out your training.
And let's be honest, if we don't get our training done early and get an offer to grab a drink or head out for dinner, we all know that realistically we won’t let not doing our training stand in our way of a catch up!
Limit your alcohol intake
An extra couple of glasses of wine here, a cocktail there, it's so easy to get carried away at this time of year! We love our wines and cocktails at RRF and think that this is all part of enjoying a balanced life.
So, by all means, enjoy everything the silly season has to offer but try and limit your alcohol intake so that the next day isn't a complete write-off. We also tend to get a bit more liberal with our food choices when we have had a few, so limiting your alcohol intake also means better food decisions as well as a productive day the day after!
With the weather heating up, this is a really important point to make! There might be a few more beverage choices on the menu, but make sure that you are still drinking 2-3L water a day (or more if you are doing a lot of exercise of it's an extremely warm day). This will also help with the prior point if you do overindulge😅
Get plenty of sleep
This time of year, can mean later nights than usual. Try and make sure you are getting plenty of good sleeps in. 8 hours a night is ideal...just do your best here!
Be good when you can
This is more of a strategy tip than anything. But, when you don't have any social events on, make sure you are being good with your eating. Stick to the JERF (Just Eat Real Food) approach, incorporating plenty of veggies and limit your carb intake. Save the carbs and treats for times when you are around friends and family and have a reason to celebrate!
Give yourself 3 "free" meals per week
This is a tip that I give all everyone in my online training program. Always give yourself 3 meals per week that are "free". That means you can eat whatever you like, so long as you are strict with yourself for the rest of the week.
Plan these “free” meals out at the beginning of your week so you know when these are going to be and stick to the plan.
It’s okay to say “thanks, but no thanks!”
It’s easy to feel a lot of pressure to attend events and catch ups at this time of the year. The reality is, saying yes to everything and everyone can lead to burn out, less time being productive and doing things for ourselves or our family. We don’t want to come out of the other side of silly season feeling more tired and burnt out than we went in to it. If saying yes to things is compromising on your health and fitness, valuable time with family or just not something you feel like doing, it is okay to say “thanks, but no thanks!”. Your friends will understand and you will thank yourself for it.