Family gatherings, mountains of food and the office party. There are plenty of instances where you might end up overindulging over December and New Year.
Although it’s a lot more difficult to keep to a structure over the holiday period, that doesn’t mean it has to spell the end of your training. Here are our top tips for staying on track over the Christmas period.
1. Schedule your workouts
Take some time at the start of your week to block out times when you know you’ll be able to squeeze in a session. By doing this you’ll be holding them in regard as protected time. Ideally, try and allow for some flexibility just in case something does get in the way. If you’re really short of availability, there are HIIT sessions on the Wattbike Hub that take as little as four minutes!
2. Find someone to motivate you
If you’re able to exercise or check-in with a friend, you’ll be more likely to push yourself to get those hours in. Alternatively, add a couple of Zwift sessions into your weekly workouts for a group ride or race.
3. Exercise early if you can
If your day allows for it, try and fit your workout in earlier in the morning. Will power is higher at the start of the day and it might even help you fight food cravings later on. Plus, you’re never going to want to workout straight off the back of Christmas dinner!
4. Add in some off-bike exercises for travelling
If you’re visiting family over the holidays you’re pretty unlikely to be able to take your smart trainer with you. Make sure you add a couple of circuit sessions into your routine, that only require bodyweight, dumbells or resistance bands, as they’re easy to travel with and exercises can be performed quickly. If you’re looking to travel really light, check out a running route or two on Strava.
5. Don’t overlook the little things
Go for a walk when you can - with the family or on a dog walk, take the stairs, play active games. Every little helps and any exercise will shift some of that guilt
Still worried about the effects of detraining? Find out more about minimising them.