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Merry Fitmas

Updated: Apr 18, 2023

As the end of the year quickly approaches and we start getting into holiday mode, how do we balance enjoying ourselves with taking good care of our health?

Here are 3 suggestions to help you start 2023 feeling fit, healthy, and well (while still enjoying the festive season!).

1. Don’t go crazy in attempting things that sit too far out of your training zone.

The holiday period presents us with opportunities to get out and be social, participating in activities we may otherwise not have time for. We are fortunate to have warmer weather and an inviting environment. We may want to get outdoors and be active – perhaps even playing social sport or games during this time. While we encourage you to stay active during this time, we also recommend being moderate in your approach to activities.

Your body needs time to condition to higher levels of activity and athleticism. Doing activities that are too demanding for your current levels of conditioning could result in aches, pains, or injury. For instance, if you are someone who jogs on flat terrain, doing long periods of running on the beach could leave you pulling up sore, stiff, and with possible injury.

2. Don’t let yourself get too deconditioned. Strength is easy to lose and hard-fought to rebuild. Don’t let your core strength deteriorate.

Improvements in strength take time. However, unfortunately we can show signs of deconditioning in as little as a week off from training. To help keep you strong and well, Awaken and PowerPlay will run through the holidays and will resume a full timetable from Tuesday January 3rd. There will always be an opportunity to train and maintain your fitness over the holiday period.

In addition to maintaining your strength and mobility, you could also consider…

3. Interval Training – A quick way to raise your metabolism.

Let’s face it – we all know how hectic the Christmas and New Year period can be. While some of us may be able to keep up our regular fitness routine, many of us may want (or need) to consider how we can get maximum impact for minimal time investment.

This is where high intensity intervals could be a valuable training style. The goal is to workout at a very high intensity for a short period of time to maximise metabolic stress. This in turn will raise your metabolism long after the workout has finished, causing you to burn more calories while you are resting after the workout than you otherwise would and also raising your fitness levels.

If you will be away over the Xmas period, why not ask us about some at home workouts to keep you going while you are away!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

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