Prepare for Christmas week
There are 52 weeks in the year, but the most challenging one in terms of fitness is Christmas week. The structure of a working day is missing, the gym is open at irregular hours and you have social and familial commitments that get in the way of regular training. Not to mention the fact that overindulging in food and alcohol makes you feel sluggish and demotivated.
It’s tempting to give up on fitness altogether until the new year begins. Whilst taking a day off from the gym is good for your body’s recovery process, a week is excessive and will take a toll on your health.
If you don’t want to end up becoming a Christmas pudding, you’ll need to plan an exercise routine for Christmas week. The Thames Club will be operating on reduced hours some days, but will mostly remain open. (link to these hours)
Sit down with your social calendar and work out whether you can train as normal or whether you need to move your workout time. Often people do have time to go to the gym, but through a lack of planning they don’t end up making the trip.
The gym won’t always be an option during Christmas week, especially if you’re not spending Christmas in Staines, so it’s good to have some convenient ways of working out at home up your sleeve.
The classic exercises are the best for this. Think jumping jacks, sit ups, crunches, press ups, lunges, planks, burpees and squats. Get creative by making your own interval training routine.
Simple equipment can really help too. Things like inflatable exercise balls, skipping ropes, resistance bands and yoga mats are all inexpensive ways to add to your workout. Even your furniture can help in this regard; a dining room chair can be used for tri-dips.
Get Some Advice
There are plenty of videos online that will guide you through a home training session. They can be a fun way to discover new moves and shake up your routine.
If you want some professional advice, be sure to speak to one of our personal trainers (http://thethamesclub.co.uk/fitness-pt/personal-training/). They’ll be able to tailor an exercise plan to your schedule and guide you through all the moves so that you’re fully prepared for the week.
This service can be especially helpful if you’re inexperienced with training at home. Any exercise brings a risk of injury and this is heightened if you’re not used to the moves or if you’re in a different environment. Don’t take any chances, no one wants to spend Christmas week with a bad back or a pulled muscle.
Christmas is a time for spending with your loved ones and there’s no reason why you should have to choose between this and being active. Get the whole family involved by doing activities together. A Christmas Day walk after dinner is a great place to begin.
If you have kids, play a game of football in the garden or take them to feed the ducks in the local park. Challenge them to races or to a skipping competition. Keeping active in this way will ensure that you don’t miss out on any Christmas fun, but that you’re still taking care of your body.
From all of us here at The Thames Club, have a happy Christmas. We hope to see you over the holiday period and in the new year.