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Holiday Survival Guide: how to stay on track with training

Posted by Polona Fonda on

During Holidays most boxes close their doors. Besides people tend to rather spend time with their families, relatives and friends. Add shorter daylight, colder temperatures and all the Christmas sweets to the list and there goes our motivation to exercise.

I could take a little break, I deserve it,” is probably the most common excuse we say to ourselves. Of course we need a break, but definitely not a month-long pause with stuffing on sweets and mulled wine. Actually exercise could be even more beneficial during the Holiday season.

I’ll start again on January 1st,” is probably the most common (re)solution we set for ourselves after taking the above-mentioned break. While the plan feels attractive, it sounds pretty lame. How many times have you said this to yourself before (and actually stick to it)?

So how do we survive the Holiday season without going over the board? Read our Holiday Survival Guide (part 1) to get some ideas on how to cope with having no time, no motivation and a lot of appetite.

How to find time to train during Holidays?

I know, Christmas shopping and visiting relatives while you are also trying to finish all the job tasks which need to be done before January 2017.

The tempo is high and training is the first thing we usually drop to gain more time. Don’t do it.

Go to the box before work. Make a change from the afternoon to the morning classes. That way the most important thing to keep the health up and running – exercising – will be done first thing in the morning.

If visiting a crossfit box is a no-go, go for a short morning run. Or do a quick body weight workout at home:
Santa trainings
5 rounds:
20 push ups
20 alternating pistols
10 handstand push ups
10 hollow rocks (into standing up)

As evenings are usually reserved for hanging out at the Christmas markets or socialising with friends, try to do your training in the morning. If that is really not possible, do it right after the work. Keep the training simple and short. Your only goal throughout the Holidays should be to stay active. Leave the planned PR attempts for 2017.

How to find crossfit boxes and gyms which are open during Holidays?

Your box might be closed, but others might have special opening hours. A lot of gyms cut down on the time being open, but they do offer Holiday team WODs or Christmas bootcamps. Use CrossFit’s affiliate map to search the boxes nearby. Check their Facebook page and go give a new box a chance – attend a drop-in class.

Besides boxes, most of the bigger fitness chains will keep their doors open during the Holidays. Ask a friend, or even a relative, to join you.

How to motivate yourself to keep working out during Holidays?

More than finding open boxes or time, staying on track is a bigger issue – for most people. First, don’t stress yourself.

Accept the fact that you might not be able to go to the box six-times a week, but you can do at least 50 percent of that – three times per week - which is still as good and efficient, especially compared to not going at all.

Drop the perfection, maybe even switch from lifting classes to group WODs, and attend a workout at least three times each week in December.

Don’t forget, December offers a lot more than just training. Most people are cheerful and always ready to have a drink after a crossfit class. Join in, first training, then socialising. Rather than training focus on connecting and hanging out with people through exercising.

How to stay healthy, avoid colds and flu, during Holidays?

If your box does not have a good heating system, put on more layers (of clothes). Buy some skiing base layers and wear them under your normal gym gear.

Avoid sitting or lying down on the cold ground. Don’t leave the box unless your hair is dry and you are wearing fresh clothes. Put on a beanie, maybe even a scarf, just to keep yourself warm.

When there’s sunshine, go out. Catch some light and fresh air. Walk a lot and spend weekends outside with your family and friends.

And most importantly, relax, it’s the Holiday season.


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