No! Never give up! But what I mean is – give yourself a break. It’s ok to give yourself a break sometimes – hey the body likes it and the brain does too. If you want to read more about why recovery is important in training, check out this article Recovery in Training, the Essential Ingredient, by Len Kravits (I saw this guy speak in Melbourne earlier this year – he is awesome.) What I don’t mean by giving up is – eat everything in sight because you are going to get fat anyway. Simple accept that this is not going to be the best training time of year and that your grandmother will probably cry if you don’t eat the dessert she made – so be nice and eat it okay? Just make it a small slice.
2. DRINK WATER
Drink lots of water. We all know it, but just do it. Not only does it stop you being thirsty, and of course our bodies and brain love it, but it also helps fill us up a bit and slows down the rate we consume alcohol. (May even help with a hangover…) So, before you reach for the second slice of cake, have a glass of water and give yourself time to decide if actually really want it.
3. DON’T EAT IT IF YOU DON’T REALLY LIKE IT
I don’t know about you but I am sucker for this one. If I’m at a party I slide into ‘yay it’s party time!’ mode and start consuming everything in sight regardless of whether I want it, or I’m hungry or if I even like it! It’s just a kind of desperate need to grab everything in front of me. But the calories aren’t worth it, unless you really love it. In my case, I would always ditch croissants cause they are so full of fat, and I am just not that enamored of them, and I save my calories for that champagne and the cheese.
4. EXERCISE DIFFERENTLY
I’m staying at the beach house with the family and there’s no gym nearby – I’m going for a run. (I never run but I make an exception every year when we stay on the beach). This year I’m planning to try a surfing lesson and maybe head to a circus class. The point is, you’re taking time off from your regular routine so it’s a good time to also take time off from your regular training routine. Try something new, tennis, beach volleyball, backyard cricket – just do stuff.
5. DO A HIIT BODYWEIGHT WORKOUT
You can always squeeze in a god bodyweight HIIT workout – all you need is a timer and a bit of determination – a bench can come in handy too some times. There a few ideas among our Facebook videos