Escape the madness through exercise!
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Christmas is here and I can imagine your thoughts are similar to mine:
- “How do I get out of yet another conversation about the ‘good old days’ with the elders?!”
- “Will the kids ever get tired and calm down?”
- “How do I stop feeling so guilty from eating my body weight in cheese balls?”
- “When can I sneak off and do a workout without the elders and kids noticing?”
The answer is simple – TIMING!
Christmas is a time where shared pleasure and joy are vital for success, any disruption to the ‘joy balance’ can have dramatic consequences. I remember one Christmas my dad came home from walking the dog ten minutes late and therefore, in my mother’s opinion, “ruined” dinner. It’s safe to say that the dog ate better than my Dad on that occasion. Everything is reliant on timing and balance at Christmas; get these right and you’ll be full of joy.
And then there’s all those fun activities involving cards, trivial pursuit and the endless explanation of the rules. Amongst this, I bet it’s pretty tricky fitting in an epic workout in with even more fun activities such as chess with Granddad, helping Mum with cleaning up whilst keeping Grandma at bay by pretending her ‘help’ is really appreciated!
So, how does one manage to do any exercise during this joy-disaster seesaw? (And no, chess does not constitute as exercise unfortunately… Twister might though!) Well, I have a few tips for you and hopefully that seesaw will stay level:
Wait until all house guests are all sat down comfortably, beverage in hand, and TV on.
Leave the room full of goodies – aka mince pies, sugar mice and cheese balls.
Close the door to the sound of Grandma complaining ‘under her breath’ to Granddad that the turkey was too dry for her liking!
Turn the stereo from “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to something a little more inspirational.
Enjoy the following workout and be at one with yourself again!
Fee’s Workout – “Refill your mind, body and soul with Christmas Cheer”.
I predict we will all struggle to get to a gym/park due to the imminent snow that will undoubtedly destroy everybody’s plans to leave the house, so here is a workout for you to try at home. You’ll notice that there are no fancy pieces of equipment here (except the TRX/suspension trainer if you have one) so everybody should be able to follow this without difficulty.
- Body weight deep Squats (3×10)
- Slow Press Ups (3×10)
- Plank with alternate leg raise (3x45s)
- Single Leg Dead Lift (3×8 each leg)
- TRX Rows/Broom Handle Rows (3×10)
- TRX Rolls Outs/Walk outs(3×10)
- High Box Step Ups (or pouffe tramples if equipment allows!) (3×8 each leg)
- Mountain Climbers (3x30s)
- Glute/Hamstring Bridges (3×8 each leg)
Seasonal stresses are hard work as it is – so why not use exercise as a cleansing piece of ‘you-time’ to escape the madness. It is a clinical fact that exercise can significantly increase energy levels, mood, and self-esteem; so why should this stop at Christmas? You’ll be amazed at how joyous this will make you feel! – you’ll have Yuletide bells ringing Inside and Out!
So after the workout, get back in that living room and continue with the ‘effortless’ flow of light-hearted banter, hugs and LOLs (Lots of Laughs for those oldies who aren’t up to speed with social media!).
Fee’s Top Tinsel Tips for a Tip-Top Time
- Remain Calm!!
- Put that very expensive vase DOWN!
- Reassure the elders that you will return in half an hour and not to panic.
- Spread the word of your amazing exercise experience to the able-bodied folk.
- Pretend that the red glow and huge grin are a result of the 10 pairs of socks you received as presents.
Fee Pocock, Foundry Trainer and England International Rugby Player
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