Less is More… During The Holidays
Less is More. Ever heard that before? I’ve heard this quip off and on for years, sometimes it makes sense and sometimes you just have to tilt your head and go “huh?”. I think this year it makes more sense that it has to me before. I usually work out at least an hour a day 5-6 days per week. It’s not always easy but I think it needs to be done. You know that Puritan work ethic… blah-blah.
But recently with all of the demands on my schedule I have cut my routine down to about 20-30 minutes and in some days 18 minutes. What happened? Something amazing. Instead of me dreading my workouts it left me thirsty for more. I’m still training 5 days per week but I’m getting ALL of my other stuff completed as well, who knew? So this year, for Christmas I’m going to give you a great gift. WORKOUT LESS during the holidays. There I’ve said it and the ceiling didn’t fall in.
I think what is happening is that I am streamlining and pairing down anything that isn’t useful. Less is more when talking about reducing energy wasters in your life’s activities.
Here’s a great article on a few things you can change today to make your Holidays a little more manageable. And I added a few things that I’m doing.
1. Skip the gym and rest
If you have a party or shopping to do, sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get it all in there and still have quality time with your family or significant other(s). Think long-term. I’m going to work out 5 days a week for the next 50 years, is missing 1 or 2 workouts going to matter? I think, NO!
2. Incorporate HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
High-intensity interval workouts are alternating short periods of intense exercise with recovery periods. It’s as simple as doing some exercise and then resting. These high-intensity interval training workouts are the kind that really turbocharges your metabolism, and as a bonus: they don’t require great lengths of time…also awesome! 18-30 minutes is all you need and gives you time to get all 6 fundamental human movements in there.
When you are more active, you need more rest. It may seem counter-intuitive but most of us just press on with no modification to our working schedule. If you know you’re going to be out late at a party consider taking a nap before you go. The rest of the party goers may be jealous that you are in a festive mood and they are ready to leave upon arriving.
4. Increase your raw veggies and fruits
If I had to pick the #1 thing that has made the biggest difference in my life over the past few months, it’s raw veggies and fruits. We all struggle to get that 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies into our daily eating regimen. Here’s a tip start with a breakfast salad. I started doing this a while ago and the first thing I noticed was my energy levels were more stable throughout the day. NO NAP ATTACKS around 2 and I’m no longer ravenous when I get home. It’s something that simple.
(additional reading: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-eating-raw-vegetables-4857.html)
Something as simple as taking 10 deep, slow breaths and exhaling can completely change your entire physiology. I’ve been telling my smoking cessation clients this for years. It helps them get past any residual nicotine craving but it’s also good for the rest of us. When people get stressed the first thing that happens is our breathing becomes more shallow. Pausing to deliberately breathe is a good habit to develop, not just for the holidays but daily.
(additional reading: https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/)
It’s Going To Be Over Soon
I’m frequently surprised how many people don’t like the holidays. We all need to just chill and let them happen. We can get back to our “normal” lives very soon. I think it’s best to create happy memories rather than re-living old traumas and dramas from yesteryear.
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