Summer is here. The weather has changed, the sun is out for longer, party planning is in full swing, and we are excited for the holiday season to begin.
It’s very easy during the last few months of the year to fall into the mistake of neglecting your training and healthy eating habits because there is alot going on with work to finish and people to see!
You still need to worry about you and how you manage your time, training and eating habits during this time, in fact it is crucial. Motivation can be a fickle thing for some people, it’s either there or it’s not. The reality is, motivation is something you need to do and practice consistently. To not train or eat sufficiently requires the same motivational commitment. Now it probably won’t be some of your best eating or training but it’s important you maintain all the hard work you’ve put into your training throughout the year. I see too many people during the holiday period, fall off the wagon and it’s because they have worked themselves to the ground, by committing to everything and you have quite literally run out of steam. This can establish a poor mindset about your training and the importance of maintaining it during the holiday period.
Take a moment to think about previous years, have you somehow found it harder to get to the gym during the warmer months and then waited until the new year to set those new year's resolutions? Being consistent during the holidays period means you don't need to set new year's resolutions, because you will be continuing on where you left off. How much more motivating is it to know your hardwork will pay off and you won't be starting all over again? I can assure you will be feeling alot better. Don't mess with your own head and emotions. Do the hard yards now and keep consistent during the holidays - your future self will thank you for it. You will find you will begin to have a better relationship with training, eating and your social life and will be able to have better clarity and control during the busier months.
My advice is to try not to organise multiple events in advance when it comes to parties, or get togethers as there will probably be enough things to attend. Have a think about what you want to achieve from a health and fitness perspective and get yourself accountable to achieve that target. Aim big but be realistic with your goals. This is super important for you social butterflies! If you’re out every friday, Saturday and Sunday, then it’s probably not realistic to set the biggest weight loss goal of your life. Your trainer and gym community is here to also keep you accountable!
You have worked hard all year to get your body summer ready, and now it’s time to flaunt it. Just make sure to keep one eye on your training and eating. Have fun guys and happy holiday season!
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