STAY ON THE WAGON
IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO STICK TO A ROUTINE AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU SHOULD ABANDON YOUR FITNESS GOALS ALTOGETHER
We’re officially in the silly season when Christmas parties and end-of-year celebrations can wreak havoc with all the best laid exercise and training plans. But I am here to keep you on the health and fitness path at a time when everything seems to be conspiring against you.
Summer is actually a great time to attend your local gym or fitness centre. They can be much quieter at this time of year with others falling off the exercise wagon, so make the most of the time and space to achieve your own goals.
Many gyms run summer membership deals and challenge programs to keep motivation levels up. It’s worth taking advantage of any deals you can find at the moment.
It helps to make yourself accountable to someone — a trainer, a group or a buddy. It’s the silly season for everyone, but if you can get through it together, you’re less likely to come to a festive fitness halt.
If you’re not the gym type, the days are nice and long for getting active outdoors. Get up with the sun or exercise after work to take advantage of the cooler times of the day and make the most of this beautiful country and what it has to offer.
Exercise is about routine. It’s understandable things can get out of kilter at this time of year but the best advice is to just get back on the horse the next day rather than let it bolt.
If you’re lucky enough to be going on holidays, use the time to be active. It may not be at a gym or with a trainer if you’re away from home but put some activity into every day: walking, running, swimming, beach cricket with the kids.
Holidays are also a good time for reflecting on how you can make your everyday life better. Use the time and mental space to assess what’s stopping you achieving your fitness and exercise goals and to come up with practical solutions.
Believe me, when you’re feeling on top of the world achieving your potential, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start your fitness journey earlier. You’ll realise excuses were only ever noise.
Time is always at the top of everyone’s excuse list. But just as we make time for our work and our families, we need to make time for ourselves.
Being overcomitted is another common problem. We need to find ways to buy energy back from our schedules to invest in our health and wellbeing. Often it comes down to being organised.
Exercise needs to be scheduled and you need to commit to doing it with the right attitude.
You don’t need to be on holidays to resolve these things. Start now. Do what you can despite the disruptions of the season. Don’t feel it has to be all or nothing. Something is always better than nothing just to keep you on the track.
If it all seems too hard, trust in the process designed by a fitness professional. Rather than being frightened off by them, understand they are there to help. To become good at anything you need a good coach. It doesn’t just happen. If you trust in the process and do the work, you will become better, stronger, faster and fitter.
What’s this I hear? You’ll just wait until the New Year when things are back to normal and you’re all fired up by your New Year’s resolutions?
Well, in theory you could but it’s just another excuse to delay your journey. If you keep at it during December, you’ll have nothing to lose but body fat and I guarantee you’ll look and feel better for it come the New Year.
Think of it as getting a head start on your health and fitness for 2019.
Gym owner Drew Griffith holds a Cert III and IV in Fitness and is a CrossFit Level 1 Coach. The strength and conditioning trainer has been helping people achieve their health, weight, sport and fitness goals for the past 30 years.