“Eat before you go to the Christmas party so you won’t be hungry and gorge yourself during the holidays.”
“When doing your holiday shopping, park your car far away from the mall and get some exercise walking to the entrance.”
“Insert cliched holiday fitness tip here.”
Holiday’s Fitness Article
It’s that time of year again. And not only do you have to worry about every jack ass with a cell phone posting pics of your holiday office party antics on Twitter and Facebook, you have visions of sugar plums (and cookies and mashed potatoes and booze) dancing in your head.
So what do you do?
Try to follow some cliched Holiday Fit Tip checklist from one of the glossy fitness mags?
Hell no. I say eat, drink, and be merry if you want to. Just recognize that every action has a corresponding consequence.
Yes, hovering around the Christmas cookie and dessert table will stuff more than your stocking. Yes, drinking like a fish on New Year’s Eve will leave you heaving in the toilet instead of heaving a barbell the next day. Before you engage in such holiday debauchery, simply take a moment to consciously ask yourself if the action you are going to take is worth the price you will surely pay. And then make a decision. Don’t hem and haw and sit on the damned fence.
Make a bold claim such as, “Screw New Year’s Eve. While everyone else is destroying their brain cells I’m going to do 2010 seconds of burpees.” Or perhaps, “I only see my family and friends once per year. I’m going to enjoy the decadent food and drink to its fullest and I accept that it will stall my goal of getting six pack abs by as much as two weeks.” Take responsibility for your actions, the good and the bad. Weighing the pros and cons and then making a firm decision should eliminate post-holiday guilt.
So if ringing in the New Year with a brutal workout is your thing, go for it. If Mom’s pumpkin pie is the most incredible thing you’ve ever tasted and she only makes it for Christmas, go for it. Just recognize that in both actions sacrifices will be made, consequences will be rendered, and holiday indulgences do not come with gift receipts – you can’t take them back.
So what will you do during the holidays? Eat, drink, and be merry? Train harder than ever? Let me know in the comments below.