Fitness Formation column

Ryan Donohue.
Ryan Donohue.

Last week, we had the 12 ways to avoid over-doing it this christmas.

This weeks column will give you ways to ensure that you stay as active as possible, now time is on the short side.

At this time of the year, your calendar is filled with social events, family get togethers, kids panto’s, shopping, and preparing for the arrival of the big red man, so your time is incredibly precious.

That said, there is still time to stay fit, and to stay active, and to think about your ‘vision’. Here are a few ideas of how to do that when you’re against the clock at this time of the year:

1 . Every cloud - Missed your training session or gym class? Think about some of the workouts you may have done.

You will have an abundance of exercises in your head from all the classes or workouts you’ve done, or you’ve attended. Use them, and put them together into a 20 minute workout you can do at home.

2. Offline - We don’t even have to get off the sofa to do our shopping anymore. Hit the high street, instead of the internet. Burn calories pounding the streets looking for uncles Bob’s novelty socks. It’s more fun, and more within the spirit of christmas.

3. HIIT - Back to number 1. Keep it high intensity. Put a festive playlist together to keep your spirits up. All together ‘all I want for Christmas is you, ooo, oooh’.

4. Stick to the plan - Avoid diverging from your routine. If you’re an early bird, stick to it. Night owl? Stick to it. Forward planning at Christmas shouldn’t just relate to the cooking time of the bird.

5. Commitment - Regardless of the time of the year, make a commitment to the above point. Keep your fitness going. Remember, prior planning prevents poor performance. You are just as important as Christmas. Then, January will be a breeze.

6. Home alone - Training alone? Away from the gym? Think quality over quantity. Technique. Form. Posture. All the words you should hear your coach, trainer or instructor relentlessly saying over and over again. Make your workouts count.

Where ever you are in the world.

There you have it. A few idea’s to stay active and healthy this xmas. As said above, January will be easy.

Merry Christmas to you all, and thank you for reading the column this year.