Let me start by saying how much I am looking forward to a few sleeps ins and a bit of a break! And that I am always one to encourage adequate R&R as well as just general "chill" in conjunction with good quality movement and nutrition.
The Christmas and New Years break presents a unique time where (most of us) get some time off work with many events and gatherings popping up. As a result, our typical sleeping, eating and exercise routines may be different to normal. Rather than panic, or assume that trying to maintain some good habits over the break are impossible, it can help to have a bit of a plan in place.
So without sounding like a Christmas Grinch, I couldn't resist the temptation to serve up some top tips to ensure you get to January next year well rested, still moving and ready for the year ahead.
Play with your children/ cousins/ grandkids/ nieces/ anyone!
If your family is anything like mine, its difficult now to get all of us in the same place at the same time. But when we do, its great that some of the traditions we started when we were kids are continuing as we all get more mature (and less enthusiastic!). Why not mimic the Boxing Day test with some backyard cricket? Despite being a bit slower between the wickets, this provides some good laughs and a chance to practice your batting, bowling and fielding. If any of your relatives receive bikes/scooters/rollerblades, why not help them as they learn to use their new toys. This can be another avenue to keep moving and enjoy the spirit of the day at the same time.
Someone need more sticky tape? Or run out of milk/butter/prawns/ham? In the past I've tried to build as many of these unexpected chores into quick walks or bike rides where possible. If it is only a couple of things that I need, a few of those quick trips can make all the difference. If you are caught needing to do some last minute shopping, why not try to avoid those hectic carparks by parking that bit further away if you don't have much to carry. Walking can also be a great way to explore a new area if you will be away from home this Christmas, or even walking to cafes to get your morning coffee can also help you keep your steps up over the silly season.
Schedule some couch breaks
The holidays are a great time to catch up on some cricket, Netflix or head to the movies. This time for leisure should definitely be enjoyed! But we know long periods in these postures can result in stiff necks and aching backs. Scheduling in regular breaks can help you maintain your mobility over the break.
Active catch ups
Not for everyone, I know. But if friends or relatives are visiting, why not make the catch up an active one? Could you schedule a walk together instead of a meal? There are many events scheduled in and around Sydney that are also designed to keep you moving. I also use this trick to help me get to bed on time. Scheduling some morning activities with mates helps remind me to try and maintain some kind of normal sleeping pattern.
The gift of music
Last year, I wrote about the benefits that music can bring to an exercise routine. Once you have had your fair share of carols, why not put on some good tunes to help motivate you through a walk or strength session. Read on here if you want more detail.
So there you have it. Hope these 5 hacks help you keep moving over the break. Make sure you get some good rest too! It's a great time to reflect on the year that has passed and the year ahead :)