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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Now What?

Almost Winter, between holidays, competitive season is at a lull, so Now What?
If you should find yourself in the place between seasons, or just don't know how to deal with the holidays, I would like to suggest the following food for thought:

Decide to rest (or not to rest) After the hard push at the end of a sport season, our bodies need rest to recover. Allowing the muscular and adrenal systems to recoup fully will assist in a fresh start to the next training cycle. This does not mean stop moving. Simply cut back workout intensity, practice "fun sports," and GPP (general physical preparedness) programs.

Decide when and how to exercise If all the shopping and holiday parties are interfering with your exercise routine, be okay with it. Maybe winter sports will take the place of gym time. Plan ahead and supplement the routine that supports your health and fitness goals, then just enjoy the season!

Communicate with classmates and workout partners Simple as it seems, letting others know our holiday plans helps us stick with the program. If you need a buddy to motivate you, ask!

Maintain a daily food intake schedule Many wellness advocates recommend miniature fasts as a method to support complete digestion and manage a natural body weight. To the extreme, make your latest meal at 3 pm! More realistic, don't eat after 6 pm. Your body will rest more fully on an empty stomach.

Be okay with not being in peak condition for the season If that's what will work best for your peace of mind. Enjoy yourself!

Wishing everyone a wonderful month!

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