In your Festive Fitness guide, PerformancePro director, Dan Boulle takes a wry look at the season ahead. Tips on how to enjoy AND look after yourself, thrown in for good measure.
Is eating and drinking your fill over Christmas really that bad? Probably not.
Drinking so much you either fall over and/or risk your P45 waiting for you the next morning, isn’t a good idea. On the other hand, it doesn’t have to be the season of austerity!
Good old moderation is what it’s all about.
Talking of which, we also advise against taking up any of your valuable time with spandex clad, unfeasibly ripped and impossibly slim Instagram Fitness Experts telling you to eat yak’s milk yoghurt and fungus from a rabbit’s foot.
Quite frankly, we’re not listening either.
As we all know, it doesn’t take much to call oneself a Fitness Expert. Any Tom, Dick or Harriet seems to have the answer to our health, fitness and weight management problems. The real problem is they haven’t.
If, for argument’s sake, we take Malcolm Gladwell’s guideline based on a study of proficiency in musicians, most Instagram fitness gurus would have started teaching before they were born!
So, let’s put aside theory, practice, experts and social media. What can the rest of us do to attenuate the effects of real life socialising over Christmas?
We’ve put together a list that may help:
Finally, take some time out to recover from the past year. Then, whilst recovering on the couch, think about what you would really like to achieve in the coming year e.g. compete triathlon, cycling event, learn to Olympic weightlift or just adopt a sustainable, healthy gym routine.
A good start would be looking at those nagging niggles and injuries. Why not get yourself a massage and/or book in for a consultation with one of our team. Together we will help you shape your fitness approach for 2018.
In the next part of PerformancePro’s Festive Fitness Guide, we look at some sources of inspiration to take some time out and add a little extra to your seasonal pleasure. Meanwhile, here’s another couple from Malcolm….
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
“Achievement is talent plus preparation.”
Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success