Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. Don’t be one of those geese.
December can be a tricky time to stay on track with our fitness goals. All those festivities and social events can be hard to negotiate without overindulging. Add in the inevitable disruption to our routine because of gym closures or trips off island and we can easily find ourselves with the unwelcome prospect of being 10 pounds heavier come January.
On the plus side, it’s Christmas! Festivities and social events are good fun and a few days off can be a welcome recovery that allows those little niggles and nagging aches a chance to clear up. So how can we have it all? Well obviously we can’t — it’s just a case of calories-in versus calories-out.
A great way to limit calorie intake is less alcohol, which is sad but true. Waking up with a clear head will also help with our calories-out.
If our favourite exercise class is cancelled for two weeks, then to mitigate the potential decrease in calories-out we need to find another way to burn off those calories by staying active and mobile any way we can. It’s definitely a mistake to just let go and pretend we will make it up in January. It’s far better to keep active in some way and get to January rested but ready to go without having to re-start from zero.
Maybe there are some activities we haven’t done in a while, haven’t been able to find the time to do or maybe they’re just not normally our first choice. Now is the time.
Perhaps there’s a challenge we can set for ourselves for December; a quick internet search will return lots of 30-day challenge options. How great it would be if we got to January able to do 100 press-ups or hold a series of planks, or run our fastest mile?
Anything we can do on our own with no equipment, wherever we might be, will work. If we’re staying in the Cayman Islands, then we have the best swimming pool in the world all around us, so a beach walk, a swim in the ocean or some paddleboarding are all great options. If we’re just trying to burn calories, then at this time of year, the cooler early morning water will add an extra benefit if we’re treading water, swimming or snorkelling.
As for the big day itself, participating in the “Dashing Thru The Sand” beach run on Boxing Day morning can help burn off some of the overindulgent calories consumed the day before.
Have a very Happy Christmas!
Tony Watts is a 50-something-year-old fitness fan who teaches cardiovascular and weight/resistance training classes at gyms on Grand Cayman.