It can seem impossible to keep up your fitness regime through December. Hands up who else has every evening until New Years Day booked up? But imagine how much harder the January slog back to health will be when your gym has doubled in members and your Christmas Baileys consumption is weighing you down.
Nike Training Club master trainer, run coach and part-time model, Becs Gentry, gives us her best tips for staying on the fitness wagon this season.
Call upon your pals. Organise a time in your diary, make a date and commit. Try pre-work or a lunchtime if your evenings are busy.
Buy yourself an early Christmas present. It’s worth investing in good kit that will support through the winter weather. I love the Nike Flash Pack collection for safe and warm nighttime running. The Shield Flash Max jacket is my a must for me.
Plan your post-session rest. I like to have a gentle stretch and then lay on my back savasana-style to let my body and mind catch up with each other - this is a great way for the body to process the "stress" it was under. Then have a hot shower and refuel.
Eat well. My favourite post-workout eat is watermelon and smashed avocado on rye sourdough toast with chili flakes and some chunks of Manchego cheese. Yum.
Squeeze it in. Don’t have time to go to the gym? Download the NTC app and do a "Get Focused" workout. They range in time from 5 to 20 minutes and are the perfect metabolism-boosting session you need. The rarely require any equipment, so you can basically do them in your pajamas.
Focus. Dedicate the time to you, make a plan, know your session before you start, get all the equipment you need, put your headphones in and get on with it.
Party-smart. Always drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink, eat a proper meal before going out (that doesn't include crisps) and hydrate before bed. Your next-morning self will thank you.