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How Athletes Can Keep in Shape Over Christmas



With the holiday season approaching, it’s easy to lose track of workout plans and gorge on all the delicious food around, but doing so will only result in negative feelings and make it very hard to get back on course. Instead, learn a few simple methods for staying disciplined and sticking to your regular health and fitness routine.

Workout Indoors

If you normally workout outside during the warmer months, but just can’t face it when the cold winds hit, consider taking it indoors. Join a gym, fit out your garage with some workout essentials, or just buy some weights and other simple equipment to use in your home. Not wanting to go outside is not a good excuse for skipping your workout. Not wanting to go outside is a wimpy excuse. And you are not a wimp.

Get Warmer Workout Clothes

If the thought of working out in a gym makes you shudder, you’re not alone – approximately, well, most people hate working out in gyms. Working out in a gym is the equivalent of watching a movie on your smartphone: tedious and uncomfortable to do with other people. So if you’re used to pounding the pavements outside, just pick up some specialized workout clothes designed to keep you warm (but not drown you in your own sweat) in the great outdoors.

Don’t Panic if You DON’T Eat a Mince Pie

People may think you’re weird and try to force their own bad eating habits on you during the holidays. It’s easy to give in to the pressure and conform, just so you don’t have to explain yourself and why you prefer to eat healthily and keep in shape. But you are 100% in control of what you put in your mouth, and you don’t have to explain yourself to anybody. If you’re worried about offending someone, just tell them you’re not hungry at the moment, but maybe you’ll have some later. Easy as pie.

Don’t Panic if You Do Eat a Mince Pie

Go ahead and eat a mince pie. Hell, eat twelve if you must. But once you’re done gorging, don’t let it throw you off track completely. It’s Christmas, you’re allowed to eat a few mince pies, sweets, or fudge! The important thing is to acknowledge that this doesn’t spell the end of your healthy eating habits. One day of bad eating does not equate to ruined health and a life of misery. It means you kicked back and relaxed, which you can totally do because you eat so well most of the time.

Following these simple methods will help you stay in shape right through the holidays. Commit to your health now, today – and whatever you do, don’t wait for January 1st to roll around when today is just as good a day as any for your regular workout.