Oh the Holidays. You know, people are so into the Holidays, and I get it. It’s a time where family is intentional about all getting together and spending time in each other’s company. It’s known for travel and generous meals. Turkey and ham- two underappreciated meats after my own heart. I totally understand the appeal of the holidays, but there are some downsides that come with the holidays: overeating, stretchy pants, and loosening up the belts (physically and financially). I mean, how is it that we spend a day being thankful (Thanksgiving) and then immediately go fight someone for the best deal on a TV at Best Buy the next day (Black Friday)? Anyway, I’m going to step down from my pulpit and talk about things I can control: namely keeping my fitness in check during the holidays.
As you may already know, I do Crossfit at Crossfit Raeford in Raeford, NC just outside Fort Bragg, where Casey is currently stationed and we live. Crossfit is both an exercise and a sport and combines high-intensity interval training, Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, girevoy sport, calisthenics, strongman, and other exercises (Wikipedia). Notorious for its high cost and cult-like culture, in my opinion, Crossfit gets a bad reputation. While Box (what Crossfit gyms are called) memberships are expensive, I’ve found that the high cost is justified in a couple of ways:
- Time is money. I spend only 1 hour in a class and get a great workout in that time. By not having to spend 1.5 to 2 or even 2.5 hours in the gym, I am getting a great workout in and saving significant amounts of my time.
- High quality coaching and equipment costs money. I wouldn’t want to join a Crossfit that had poor quality coaches or poor quality equipment. When I’ve got a 100+lb barbell over my head, I want to know that my coaches know their stuff to correct my form and know let me know when I’m not doing things safely. Same thing with equipment. I don’t want a collar to break when it’s on a bar and I’ve got 45 lb plates flying around.
- Spending a lot of money on my gym membership helps keep me motivated to be there so that I can get everything I can out of it.
Anyway, this is not a post about why Crossfit- this is a post about working out over the holidays. It just so happens that the workout I do is Crossfit.
Can I give you the secret for keeping up with your fitness regiment over the holiday season? Ready for it? Are you sure?
Don’t change anything.
It’s that simple.
The trick to maintaining your fitness routine during the holidays is actually maintaining it. Are you in the gym Monday through Friday in September and October? Then do the same thing for November and December. And when people swarm the gym with their New Year’s Resolutions in January, do the same thing. When February and March come around and those people stop showing up to the gym, step up your game. Add Saturdays. Or start tracking your macros. Or add one two-a-day. And then if you’re doing that in April, May, June, July, August, September, and October, when November and December come around you’ll be just fine maintaining that routine. The holidays won’t throw you off because your routine will be so routine you’re not thinking about it. And when the holidays come around, you won’t worry about that slice off pie because you’ll have hit your lift and your workouts will be part of your lifestyle, not a thing you do.
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She lives with her husband Casey and their pup Bo in Savannah, GA.