The best way for you to manage your training and nutrition over the Christmas period is simple. All you have to do is remember what you do between New Years and Christmas has far more bearing on your goals, than what you do between Christmas & New Years. So the number #1 Rule is to just chill the f#%@ out and enjoy some time with family and friends.
Over the course of the festive season, there may be 1, 2, or even 3 days you indulge, which in the grand scheme of things matters very little, the key thing to focus on is to maintain as much of a normal routine as possible on the days between to keep your progress trending in the right direction.
Once you have that dialed in here are a few ways you can keep on track with training and nutrition without it impacting too much on time with family and friends.
- Prioritise key sessions. You may not be able to train every day but lock in 2-3 key sessions a week that will keep you on target for your goals. Keep active and keep moving.
- Get things done early. Early in the day, early in the week. Aim to get ahead of the ledger and stay there. Book them ahead of time and maintain your schedule.
- Active catch-ups. Switch or combine coffee/lunch/beers for a training session/run/golf or something active.
- Micro dosing. If all else fails, something is always better than nothing. 10-15 minutes, 1-3x per day is much better than nothing. Do what you can when you can.
- When loading up your plate at the Christmas buffet start with veggies, then fill your plate with protein (ham/turkey/chicken/prawns) you can probably skip the carbs because we are going to go to town on Aunty Karen’s pavlova so might as well save some space for that.