Exercise during the festive season
Once festive season parties and celebrations begin it is all too easy to swap 30 minutes of exercise for an extra drink at the bar. While letting your hair down for a couple of days will not do your health or fitness any harm (within reason!) when this extends from the beginning of the Christmas parties in early December to well into the New Year it becomes a problem. Furthermore, the more time you spend out of your regular habit the harder it will be to restart your regular regime.
This highlights the importance of being aware of how much and what you are eating and to make sure you continue to achieve 30 mins of exercise a day over this period.
Diet and alcohol overindulgence, especially in predisposed people, is a risky mix and should be avoided. While exercise will not eliminate the risk for cardiac events, it is an avenue to minimise the risk factors; decreasing stress and reducing the net kilojoule count at the end of the day.
The relationship between exercise and depression is complex and as yet the mechanism underlying the therapeutic effects has not been established. Exercise has been shown to improve depressive symptoms and a lack of exercise has been shown to increase depression. Additionally, individuals that adopt a physically active lifestyle are less likely to develop depressive symptoms. A vicious cycle effect may exist between the two where an initial lack of physical activity can promote feelings of laziness, guilt and unattractiveness which can predispose a person to become more depressed which in turn affects motivation to begin an exercise program and so on and so forth. This could explain why it is so difficult to restart an exercise regime after taking a break over the festive period and highlights the importance of maintaining good habits over this time.
It is not unusual to come to the end of the year and believe you need a well deserved break from all the hard work you have been doing all year, and this is understandable. But who says that you need to wake up at 6am and do weights at the gym? During the festive season it is wise to change our exercise goals. Not only will this help you to keep motivated but will expose different muscles to a work out.
The festive season is a time for family and friends. Try changing your normal exercise routine to fun activities the whole family can enjoy. Encourage a game ‘chasey'. Social exercise does not feel like the regular "work out" and it gives everyone a chance to participate.
Christmas can be a very stressful time so taking some time out to fit in your GM-Fitness training regime.
It is natural to lose enthusiasm for exercise over the holiday period but try not to let this discourage you. Modifying your routine slightly will keep you active and you will be more likely to be motivated in the New Year.
Dont Forget we are putting on an xmas special outdoor session 29th December at 9am for an hour and half. Train along side GM-Fitness.