If you’re reading this, it means that you somehow miraculously made it through Thanksgiving. Or, as I like to call it, the first hurdle of the Holiday races. And I know what you’re thinking:
“Here comes Vinnie again, with his famous saying: ‘It’s not what you eat between Christmas and New Year that counts, it’s what you eat between New Year and Christmas’.”
And sure, I’ll be the first to say that when it comes to weight gain and weight loss, what you eat has everything to do with it, vs. how you plan on expending calories, through exercise and other activity. But since I have expounded on that so much already on my own podcast and in other media, including these newsletters, I think it’s important to spend some time looking at exercise… READ MORE
HATING THE HOLIDAYS
I’ll tell you guys something about myself that I usually don’t mention out loud. I hate the holidays! Sure, there are things I like – such as getting together with family and friends, and reflecting back on the year – but outside of that, I really don’t look forward to any of it. And the main reason is because I’m a guy who loves routine.
There are routines I have that drive Serena crazy. Such as my flossing twice a day. And demanding that I take my vitamins right after breakfast, and my magnesium just before bed. Even sports – such as my love for shooting, comes with a routine. Which would make anyone on the trap range think I was preparing for Olympic gold, even though I rarely enter local club competitions. Because for me, it’s not about the competition, it’s about the process.
LOVING THE ROUTINE
The way I exercise, and the way I’ve trained clients over the years, is the same for me. I love routine. And somehow, my clients seem to fall into it, and they love their various routines too. But this time of year, people’s routines are disrupted, by parties and late nights out, by obligations, and shopping malls, and crowds, and cyber whatevers.
Even with all of those disruptions, I still do my best to keep my clients, as well as myself, in some semblance of an exercise regimen. Why? Because our bodies simply do not know it’s the holiday season, and that we’ll be back on January 1. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in our brains. We have to keep the one thing that keeps the brain alive, our body, in good shape.
So understand that your routine may be interrupted by any or all of these things, but do your best to still get in at least part of your exercise regimen. Your body will thank you for it.