5 things Madmule does to improve fitness during the festivities. From 20 years experience working and training amongst people.
# plan ahead for less to achieve more. Alcohol, less sleep, higher intake of sugary foods and disruption to normal lifestyle patterns. Is it inevitable? Is it part of the lifestyle choices? Then fine. At the very least it can help define the approach to movement and how intense the activity will be. My body is being rewarded with a phase of recovery from the years activities. My aim is to have a regular pattern of training under the belt as the new year approaches. The health of my gut and how much quality sleep will dictate the outcome of training in January. The more I move from positive beneficial foods and methods of positive rest, the less I allow intensity to rise within a training set along with volume and frequency. A lot of people have seen the holidays as an opportunity to do more, end up burning the candle at both ends, and end up worse off at the end of January. Come on, the gym floors empty out steadily as the injuries, illnesses and poor planning take the toll.
# steady state and allow flexibility. Not stretching. Flexibility within the schedule. Last minute decisions to go to a party, ended up being later than desired last night. The list goes on where allowing a flexible appproach becomes a positive mindset. I'm still going to get moving. Unless you're a pro athlete, this is when a rational approach is required. Hey, let's say that training is vital to an early New Years race/ goal? Then you've planned ahead anyway right!
# "they all had the control of the food and drink" "didn't get what I usually had and wanted" - this is quite a common statement I have listened to over the years. How it's everyone else that influenced the decisions and caused the distractions. I AM IN CONTROL. A perception or feeling that I wasn't is one of two things. Being made/ allowing myself to suffer by someone else. OR making myself suffer. Either way, that's a negative situation and one that will always destroy anyone achieving their personal goals. This is a serious conversation that can be taken right here!
# using a simple smart tip from Precision Nutrition experts. Take 60 seconds before making a final decision. For eating and training. Perhaps that will allow a secondary option to appear that has greater benefits. What sort of trainer am I?! I'm seriously suggesting that an individual thinks twice about training. It's asking an individual to take a minute to assess the type of training/ intensity before cracking on. A few drinks last night and perhaps there is a window to train later in the day. Perhaps on reflection, placing time into good nutrition, a mobility drill and positive sleep will be better and tomorrow's session becomes impactful. When that has been the case, I have actually rested with positivity and reaped the rewards the next day.
# last observation over the years. Many people become ill during January. Resolutions to become better, stronger, slimmer, faster are paraded for all to see. Place a resolution to each day the day before. That starts today. Why delay a resolution that can be actioned today? Why do we repeat this monotonous annual routine? From experience ( and my opinion of which all the above relates to), a resolution is an act of determination. Are you not determined today? I'm determined today to eat for the good of my health. I'm determined today to complete actions that contribute to recovering from the last race. I'm determined today to be active.
The pace and resolve can be assessed today. Regressed or upgraded through a positive process rather than a reactive one - New Years resolutions are just like a bad hangover, swollen with regret, physical discomfort and guilt.
Madmule will be keen to make gains before January 1st. A realistic positive approach will see that become reality. That's my resolution. How will you determine the outcome of yours?
Best in health