Fitmark Athlete Stephanie Sharp talks about post-holiday fatigue
The holiday season is behind us. Lights have been pulled down. Decorations put away. Strange and random gifts have been returned. All in all, life is back to normal…except for your energy level and possibly your waistline.
After about a month of merry-making, you might be feeling bloated, slow and lazy. And so the thought of dealing with the intensity of your standard training protocol makes you cringe, and getting back into the swing of things might seem a little daunting.
The first thing to consider is that everyone, including the most hardcore athletes, periodically takes time off from their regimen to rest, recover and reset their bodies. This is balanced and healthy. Should you expect to return to your training and pick right back up where you left off with unchanged physique and energy levels? No! But recognize that the difficulty you are experiencing upon your return is in no way illustrative of some inability or permanent regression. It’s ridiculously temporary!
When I return to training from a holiday break, I like to think about it in terms of a trade: I exchanged a few extra pounds and a couple weeks of extra tough workouts for about a month of explosive laughter, radiant joy, quality time spent with loved ones, special food and good spirits in every sense of the word. Those are the things that make my life rich. Something that valuable shouldn’t come cheap.
So instead of focusing about how tired, sore and fat I feel after celebrating those wonderful holidays, and allowing myself to use it as an excuse, I choose gratitude. I’m grateful that my hard-earned health allowed me to be fully present in those moments. I smile. And then I get my ass back in the gym. It’s a new year to fill with new joys and accomplishments, and I want to be physically ready to savor every moment.
Remember: New joys are best celebrated in skinny jeans.