I’m going to say something you probably wouldn’t expect from a coach.
At this time of year, there’s a lot of pressure to keep up with your routine, get all your training sessions in, and take time for yourself by keeping up with the gym (a lot of which is rooted in fatphobia).
But at the same time, there’s just so much going on. Kids are finishing school, work is wrapping up, there’s end of year functions for work, friends, families, gyms, and (if you celebrate with gift giving) time spent shopping and wrapping gifts (or shopping and preparing food for all the aforementioned functions).
So what if, instead of also pressuring yourself to get to the gym as you regularly do and keep up your routine, you just gave yourself a break?
This isn’t to say that you don’t train at all and give up on moving your body altogether.
But maybe instead of training 5 times a week, you train 2 or 3. Maybe you incorporate more walks outdoors or beach games or backyard cricket.
You have been training regularly and consistently throughout the year SO THAT you can take your foot off the gas now and then to enjoy life.
Pulling back on your training a little at this time of year isn’t going to set you back or take you back to square one. You won’t “ruin” anything. Training as part of your lifestyle means that short term disruptions won’t have a huge impact on your overall strength and fitness.
Instead, you will probably give yourself a much needed break, take some pressure off yourself, and enjoy the sessions you do a lot more.