By: Janine Serio
And I should also say NO EXCUSES too! 🙂 It’s hard to believe that we are EXACTLY 1 week away from Thanksgiving! Where has November gone…and really 2016 for that matter?
As we approach the upcoming Holiday season, I know, first hand, how EASY it is to get out of routine. Between cooking, baking, shopping, parties, and so on, it’s no wonder we wake up to January 1st before we know it. Not only do the Holiday’s seem to come and go in the blink of an eye BUT, for some of us (me included), it means trying to stay consistent with our fitness and nutrition efforts during a not-so-consistent time of year.
One of the many conversations I have with clients is this feeling of it being IMPOSSIBLE to stay on track with a sound exercise program in the midst of all the Holiday “to-do’s.” Side Note: Don’t worry, I will address all of the nutrition struggles I hear during this time of year in a later blog post!
“Janine, I am traveling and will not have access to a gym.”
“There is no way I can carve out 30 minutes, let alone 60 minutes, to get in a workout.”
“I have too much on my plate. I will plan to get back on track come the New Year.”
I can totally resonate with ALL of these statements because I, too, have been there, and done that, WAY TOO MANY TIMES. I used to think that if I could not be PERFECT with my workout routine, then forget it. I used to feel that if I was not able to put in, at least, 60 minutes (even 45 minutes would make me feel a little uncomfortable), then what was the point. The Holiday’s would come around and I would give myself the permission to eat and drink what I wanted, and then get super strict come January 1st, because, hey, “it only comes around once a year.”
Beyond the total “mind fuck” – sorry, I had to go there – this would create, it was also super stressful and draining too. I knew it didn’t have to feel this way, and I did not want to constantly feel that the Holiday’s were associated with this “escape” from everyday life. So, as my mindset has changed and grown over these last few years, so has my view and perspective on these very “crutches” that I was giving all of the power.
Hmm, how does the saying go…”be stronger than your excuses?”
It’s funny how we just come to the conclusion that if we CAN’T be in a gym, or if we CAN’T be working out for, at least, 60 minutes, then there is just no point? I mean, it sounds kind of silly.
Action breeds consistency, and consistency trumps perfection. Okay, so you won’t have access to a gym, BIG DEAL. Take your workout outside, or stay put in your hotel room. A gym setting should not define whether or not you stay on top of your fitness game.
Same goes for the amount of time you have too. I am a firm believer that if you can only spare 10 minutes that is, hands down, ALWAYS going to be better than saying “I will start next year.” Once again, not only does consistency trump perfection but INTENSITY & EFFICIENCY do too!
Don’t you think a handful of body weight workouts, or 1-2 sprint sessions, would be so much better than just saying FORGET IT? Let’s go back to the point of ONLY having 10 minutes to spare. What if you gave it your absolute ALL for that amount of time? I mean, heart pumping, heavy breathing, and the “I don’t think I can do another minute “all.” Where did we get this mentality that one hour is the golden rule for an effective workout? Here is the mindset trap! Let’s be honest, there is no way you could keep the same intensity for 60 minutes as you did for 10 minutes, right? Talk about the “impossible!”
This concept is no different than what I discuss when talking about nutrition. Wouldn’t it feel so much more effortless, and realistic, to eat moderately, without deprivation and guilt, on a daily basis, then to white knuckle your way through Monday-Thursday, only to have a total, all-out, binge come Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?
I mean, it seems obvious, right?
This year, I want you going into the Holiday season feeling more confident, and in your power, than ever before. Just because Thanksgiving is next week, and the official kick-off to sweets, treats, and other Holiday FUN has begun, should not mean that you are doing ANYTHING different than the 10 months leading up to this point. Remember, a little progress each day adds up to BIG results!
Are you ready to NOT fear your “skinny” jeans come January 1st? Here are three sample workouts that you can EASILY do when on the road or when you are short on time but need a good sweat. These can be done at home, in your hotel room, in your in-laws basement (ha) or even outside if nice. As always, make sure you do a proper warm-up and cool-down prior to starting, and implement according to your fitness level.
All reps MUST be completed before you move on to the next exercise. Feel free to dial down the number of reps to 50 or 75 to start. Time yourself to see how long it takes you…try to set a cap of 20-25 minutes at the most.
100 Squats, 100 Push-Ups, 100 Full Sit-Up Taps
Perform each exercise for 8 rounds (4 minutes) – 20 seconds of “work” coupled with a 10 second recovery. Once all rounds are complete, move on to the next exercise. Feel free to dial down the amount of rounds to 2, 4, or 6 to start.
Jumping Jacks, Mt. Climbers, High Knees, Burpees, Football Runs
Find a straightaway that is ~100 meters (think about the straightaway of a track). See how many ALL OUT 100 meter sprints you can achieve – resting as needed – in 10 minutes.
Let me know what you think!
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