For many of us Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year are some of the most amazing days of the year, full of joy and amazing moments with the people we love, our family and friends and of course a lot food but many guys or girls get stressed out and anxious because it seems almost impossible to stay lean.
Exercise is highly important to build the physique you want, the first thing I want to make clear and my biggest advice for this season is: do not try to lose weight, don´t set a weight lose goal from October to January, it´s almost impossible to achieve it so don´t even think about it, what you can do is focus on maintaining your physique or take those months to your advantage and use them to gain some muscle mass.
Considering this you have two options, the first is to maintain, if you set this as your goal you can do 3 days of resistance training and 3 days of cardio training and the last day as rest. Here you may need to pay more attention at what you eat during those days, on the days like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year you can eat whatever you want as much as you want, the other days I recommend you get back to your maintenance calories and macros which will be less than Holidays so that you don´t gain weight.
If you want to gain muscle mass you can do 5 or 6 days of resistance training and the days left cardio, on resistance days you´ll be working on high frequency hitting each muscle group twice per week, here you can eat a little more every day, just little and eat whatever you want as much as you want on Holidays.
This two options are considering you have access to a gym or you can continue training and following a normal workout program but if you can´t train as normal on this days the best option is to maintain, if you can do some exercise which I recommend you can use bodyweight exercises, you can focus on getting stronger on each of them to get to the advance version or you can use them in circuits which will give you a more cardio workout based on strength, both options are amazing.
Doing some type of cardio exercise is a great way to get in shape and keep the habit of exercising every day, you can keep it short by doing HIIT, or you can do 20 to 3 minutes of steady state, sprinting, running, jump rope or burpes are a great option.
If you are one of those guys or girls who doesn´t enjoy exercising and it was hard for you to develop the habit of working out you don´t want to pass more than 4 or 5 days without working out because you will get back to your old habits, the more days you skip the workouts the harder it is to get on track.
Resistance training need to be the base of your workout programs, it doesn´t matter the goal or the season and every time you are training focus on what you are doing, give your all and work hard, earn those Holiday meals by working hard in the gym and making every single rep and set count.
During this season you can be more discipline on your workouts, sleep, mindset and stress and have a lot more freedom with your nutrition, sleep may be harder some days if you like parties and go to bed late but try to get good quality sleep every night and lower your levels of stress by enjoying the time and being in the present moment, live in the present, live the moment and stay positive, keep positive thoughts in your mind.
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