Train To Maintain: Fitness Tips For December

Hi Guys I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving.  We did!  We started the day with our annual turkey trot, had a yummy dinner at my Aunt Connie’s house, played some games and hit some black Friday sales.

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 Like I said in my previous post on having a happy and healthy holiday, I thoroughly enjoyed all the yummy treats and a few extra glasses of wine, but now I am back to my routine.  

Train To Maintain Tips

For most people (including me) they tend to coast through Christmas and New Year’s with a health plan to start after New Year’s.  I was thinking about this concept and thought why wait?  Why not “Train To Maintain” for the month of December?  This is what my hubby and I decided we are going to do! Most training programs focus on 3 weeks of hard work followed by a 1 week recovery period.  This timing is perfect!  I plan to use the first 3 weeks in December to work harder than usual and the last week of the month will be my recovery period.  I will still workout and be active during my recovery period but the intensity level will be lower or I will focus on doing something totally different (yoga, hikes, walks).  So here is my plan:

  1. Set A Goal:  I am a goal driven person so I like to have a goal in mind to motivate me and keep me on track.  My friend and I are trying to hit the 500 mile running mark by New Years Day, so I will make sure to increase my mileage to meet this goal.  I also want to focus a bit more on a more consistent strength training program and I plan to incorporate The Body Beast workout program into my current training.  
  2. Work Harder:  My plan is to work harder than usual.  To do this I plan to use my heart rate monitor to check my intensity level, increase my weights and reps, and try to increase my distance and speed (especially in running and rowing).  
  3. Find a Friend:  Find a buddy who will join you.  I plan to include my boot camp class in on this and ask them for suggestions on what they would like to focus on for the month.  There is usually a fun run before Christmas so you could get your running crew to set a goal now.  Set strength training goals with a friend and commit to meet each other.  
  4. Nutrition and Hydration:  Remember anytime you are training hard nutrition and hydration are very important.  Be sure to take in enough water, your superfoods, and be aware of your calorie and nutritional intake.  My plan is to try and increase my water intake and focus on drinking my Shakeology for one meal or snack per day.  This will ensure I am getting the proper nutrition I need when times get crazy!  I always have a packet of Shakeology in my purse or desk for those times when I need it.  This is especially important as the holiday parties and treats will start surrounding us soon.  

So who is ready to join me and train to maintain for December? I would love to hear your goals in the comments!