Which is what we should all aim towards this year, yes? All in favour, say, AYE! :)
Happy new year, peeps! I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas and an awesome holiday to relax and rejuvenate yourself after a long year’s hard work. Today, unfortunately, the little kids are going back to school, and we’re all going back to the grindstone. I know how you feel. *boo*.
I was chatting with my brothers today and they both said they need to start getting back in training because they were feeling a little flabby of late. That’s completely expected after a festive season, especially the year end holidays because everyone is in the mood to catch up over coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks,..the list goes on. I, myself, am starting to feel a little pudgy around the edges, so it’s back to training!
I understand that it may be difficult to get back to your regular routine while you’re still in the holiday mood, and you’re feeling a little heavier. Putting off any routine for that matter makes it very difficult to come back after a while. But, I think I can help ease you guys into it, without pulling a muscle.
1. Expect the worse.
Time is going to be your biggest enemy especially at the beginning of the year. You’ll have plenty of things to do, your kids need to go back to school, you have fresh new portfolio sitting on your desk, you forgot to factor in the crazy back to school traffic on the roads, finding free time to exercise is probably going to be hard. So if you expect this to happen, you can at least plan to manage time better so you lessen your stress for the day. :) As always, exercising when you’re not so uptight is a lot more effective than when your head is clouded. So expect it, and plan ahead.
2. Get enough sleep.
You’ve probably had your fair share of Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties, late night dinner dates, and the whole she bang throughout the holidays. You’re going to be a little sleep deprived and probably used to sleeping late. Although, you’ll fall back into your usual routine soon enough, the sooner you make a conscious effort to sleep earlier, the better you will feel. Get enough sleep, so your mood is better in the morning, which ultimately affects your energy levels as well. This will definitely increase your chances of exercising in the morning or evening, whichever you choose.
3. Start slow.
You’re a bit heavier, and you’re a bit out of practise. This most definitely does not mean you should go into panic mode and start busting your butt on the treadmill. Start a little slower. Don’t worry, you’re not going to lose your fitness forever. Just think of it as oiling up your joints again so you don’t injure yourself. Chances are you’ll bounce right back to your usual self in a couple of training sessions. :)
4. Drink plenty of water.
A lot of travel, a lot of outside food (especially Malaysian food), and a lot of social events all lead to dehydration. The added MSG in our outside food makes us thirsty. And the fact that we slowed down on working out means we didn’t get to sweat out these salts. So the best thing we can do for us to kick the sluggishness right out is to drink plenty of water. Freshen up all the muscle cells in our body so we can get moving faster.
5. Grab friends!
And the most proven way to make starting any form of routine we dread to start a bit easier, be it work or exercise, is to have friends go through the same thing! Knowing that someone is feeling the same way, and dragging that person along with you can be called tough love, but it’s love all the same! Help yourself out by helping your friends out, so it’s a win-win situation! At the end of the day, I’m pretty sure everyone ends up happier.
So here’s a to a fitter, finer and more fabulous you this 2013! May you all UP your awesomeness!