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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE -

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.

DREW GRIF­FITH

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.

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