That cold, merry, restful time of year is quickly approaching. Christmas. It’s a time when many of us ease down with our work, spend more time with the family and have fun with our loved ones. I’m wishing everyone, especially those reading this post a Merry Christmas. For runners who still love to train and keep fit no matter what the season, here are some words of advice.
Have A Merry Christmas! (And A Restful One)
#1 – Take The Time To Rest
Many of us know that rest is when the recovery occurs. And it’s during the recovery that the body adapts and gets stronger allowing you to run and train at faster paces yet so many runners struggle to take sufficient time to rest (I’m one of those).
Try making use of the festive season and put family first. Spend more time with the family. Cook together, watch movies, go sledging, build a snowman, play board games. Go for winter strolls. Explore big cities. Have fun while resting and bring joy to other people!
#2 – Ease Down On Your Training
If taking time to rest completely is too difficult consider easing down on your training. Swap out high-intensity training sessions for lower intensity training sessions. Just spend less time training in general and perhaps do general ‘runs’. This will help you to maintain aerobic fitness, burn calories and make you feel like you’re still training without putting in too much effort.
#3 – Enjoy Your Food
During Christmas, we tend to be by surrounded lots of sugar-rich foods such as candy bars, chocolate and sweets. Then we have lots of the more typical Christmas foods such as mince pies, turkey with lots of stuffing, plenty of roast potatoes and more. Chances are you’re going to eat more than you usually would.
Since this probably doesn’t happen too often, I’m going to say just try and focus on enjoying your food. If you put on a few pounds during the Christmas season, it’ll come off again soon after if you resume your normal eating habits.
#4 – Try Intermittent Fasting (if wary of eating too much)
It’s no secret that runners have a big appetite. If you reduce your volume of training you may find yourself eating less food, but still wanting more and this is why I suggest trying intermittent fasting where you skip one meal of the day such as missing breakfast and then eating lunch and dinner. I know myself I’ll be doing this on Christmas eve and Christmas day when our family has two big Christmas dinners back to back. It certainly drives up my appetite for the meal and makes it more enjoyable!
Thanks for reading this short quick Christmas post! And once again I wish you a Merry (and restful) Christmas! 🙂