Why December & January Matter Too

Once December rolls around, most people basically sign off for the year…

It’s the lead up to Christmas and NY, the weather ie beachy, and social life kicks into a higher gear. This carries through to the new year, and for many people, they do’t start getting their life back in order until sometime in early Feb.

This is a problem.

Well, it’s a problem if you actually have goals around your health and fitness…

I’m not here to spoil anyones fun… But hey, sometimes animals like you need someone like me in your life, so let’s call it what it is : )

First off, I am down with parties. I am down with cutting loose, taking a break, and enjoying the gifts of this life. But even this kind of living requires parameters, and in truth, without any parameters in place, it can be pretty easy to find yourself letting loose without actually getting much enjoyment out of it anyway…

This common phenomenon of dropping the ball on training and nutrition through December and January essentially means you’re giving up two months of the year. I see people extend this period way beyond two months by the way, but let’s stick with that for the sake of discussion…

It’s the equivalent of eating well Monday to Friday and then completely blowing out over the entire weekend. If you have goals around your health and fitness, it’s not the kind of behaviour that will allow you to reach those goals.

What does work? Well in that example, it would be sticking to the plan through the week, maybe taking the weekend off training, and eating a few ‘fun’ meals over the weekend plus a few ‘good’ meals. Not really a huge difference, but enough of a difference to keep you progressing towards your goals each week…

So for this December and January, what am I proposing you do?

Train hard through December. A wonderful break is coming, where you’ll be eating, drinking and hanging with the fam. Work hard and consistently until then, and go into that break feeling energised and proud of what you’ve earned. The beers and the pavlova will taste that much sweeter, believe me : )

And then January? Get back on the horse as soon as you can. You don’t have to go back to training 4 nights per week and prepping every meal in advance. It os important to cut yourself some slack so you can enjoy the summer vibes… But find a middle ground that allows you the best of both worlds

I suggest you train three times per week. Don’t go for broke in these sessions, but get the engine running again. For food I suggest you get back to eating the majority of your meals at home – so make your own breakfast and lunch (and make them goal relevant) and then give yourself some room to move for epic social evenings with mates…

I see it every year – those who take this approach are the ones who never complain about hitting a plateau with their training.

I hope it helps. Thanks for reading

Joey

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