December is practically here and that means temptation EVERYWHERE. Now whilst my mantra is always to live life – I do firmly believe that that can be done in a healthy way. One thing to instill in my own life is balance and to have balance we need a little of the good and a little of the not so good! In December, with the festive spirit all around, it can be quite hard to stay motivated to train and even harder to resist the sweet and savoury treats that are all around. So today I’ve put together a few tips that might help you find a little balance amongst all the Christmas cheer.
1: Set a Manageable Food Goal
Throughout the festive period parties are a dime a dozen and there are endless boxes of Roses and Quality Street doing the rounds. I like to share this particular little tip because I think it’s so doable. For december – vow to steer clear of the chocolate tins until Christmas eve. I know it sounds like a difficult task but honestly what are you really missing out on? A few mindless chocolates or mince pies here and there? Set a goal to leave any treat foods until Christmas Eve – then enjoy a couple of days of indulgence till St. Stephen’s Day and hey presto you haven’t totally overdone it. Two days of indulgence is far easier to recover from than two or three weeks. And to be honest – you are still enjoying your Christmas food.
2: Dial It Down If You Must But Keep Your Workout Motivation
Workouts through December just seem so much harder. The mornings are dark, the evenings are dark and the couch seems so much more appealing. I’m not going to sugar coat it – siting in with the Christmas lights twinkling is probably what we’ll all want to do over heading out to the gym on a cold evening. My biggest tip is to cut down your workouts but don’t cut them out completely. If you usually aim for 3-4 then now aim for 2-3. Putting your whole fitness routine on hold to January only means you’ll have so much work to catch up on then. Work smart. Take an extra evening at home each week but when you do go to the gym work hard and make it count.
3: Train With A Purpose
Following a general fitness plan will go a long long way to helping you keep some motivation for December. I am offering you a TWO DAY FREE workout plan that you can follow once or twice per week. All you have to do is head over to my website and subscribe for my monthly newsletter to receive yours! I’ll be mailing them tomorrow December 1st so don’t miss out! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE
4: Keep Your Goal In Sight
Having a visual reminder of your future goal can be all the willpower you need to avoid temptation. If it’s a picture of a “dream body” or an inspirational quote or a fitness challenge you want to sign up for – make it your phone screen saver, print it up and stick it on the fridge or some place where it will serve to remind you why you are putting in all this hard work. SEE the end result always and you will work harder to get there.
Temptations will always be there. We have to learn to control them. Give in from time to time, allow your treat but understand a treat is only a treat when it’s earned and deserved! By using these little tricks – you might find it a little easier to overcome temptations. Hopefully you’ll take something from this little post.