Well here we are again the most challenging time of the year to stay on track with your training. In the next month will you throw it all away or will you continue to make progress. With all the distractions and delicious foods that come with the season temptation is all around us. It tends to be a season of excess. So how is a Martial Artist supposed to stay on track?
There are the old standards that everyone states like they are great revelations. Do you need to be told to employ moderation? Is that really a revelation or even the slightest bit helpful in staying on track with your training?! Before someone told you to use moderation were you thinking ‘that extra tin of cookies is good for me’ OR ‘that expensive television will pay for itself’? No you weren’t. While it may be helpful to remind yourself to use moderation it isn’t going to stop you if you aren’t committed.
Reward yourself. Here is another old standard that is for the most part…useless. No you should punish yourself! Isn’t working out and training hard a type of reward? The attitude of ‘Reward Yourself’ is a negative attitude and that is what we need to adjust. We workout and train so we can feel and look better, be healthier and live longer, and for some of us so we won’t feel exhausted running after our kids! I have worked with a few really good professional trainers in my life and I have never heard them say, ‘great set, you deserve a Sundae with extra Carmel’! The reward is that incredible feeling you get when you reach that milestone you have been shooting for, whether it is loosing 5 pounds, 50 pounds or doing your first set of 20 push-ups. We train to improve ourselves, that is the reward.
Well the above is all well and good, either you are committed or you aren’t. But most of us are not professional Martial Artists so staying on the training wagon 24/7 IS difficult. There are office parties, home cooking, family gatherings and of course stress to deal with during this season. If you are worried about your weight (who isn’t) then you simply need to remember that you need to work off more then you put in (there’s that moderation thing…!). That doesn’t mean you have to walk to Grandma’s house either. The important thing is to make sure you are training enough to offset the extra intake. This is actually easier then it sounds and can be accomplished by making a few small adjustments. Add about 5 minutes of Cardio to your daily routine. This can be parking further away or doing jumping jacks in the living room. The important thing is to keep it simple and fun. The more difficult you make the harder it will be to do.
Wow that sounded like typical advice! Really there are no magic words because in the end you are responsible for yourself. If you backslide a little during this holiday season don’t beat yourself up, your sparring partner will take care of that!
So open your heart and enjoy all that the season has to offer while rewarding yourself by achieving your dreams and goals. Train Hard, Train Often…OSU!