With the Christmas holidays fast approaching for some it’s a good time to take a complete rest from training and restricting calories.
Overtraining can be as bad as not training at all. Giving the body a chance to recover from weight training or impact can be really beneficial. If you are worried that you’ll gain a few pounds of weight then keep your calories a bit lower on days that you don’t train.
Sometimes having a week off can enable you to return back to your training sessions with a vengeance.
The other alternative to taking a complete rest is just to do some light cardio. So going for a long walk, getting some fresh air or doing some yoga/stretching can be just as beneficial to us.
Intensity training and training with weights places a stress on to the body, so having a few days off can really help to lower stress levels in the body.
Another point to mention – holiday weight usually comes off just as quickly as it goes on. When the body is in a relaxed state you can expect to gain around 4-6lbs of weight. This can be down to water retention if you’ve been having a few prosecco’s at night. Once your normal routine returns the weight will come off and you will be feeling great for having a little rest. Your muscles and nervous system will thank you for it.
So, my advice is – Its Christmas! Enjoy yourselves, don’t make it a punishment in January when you return. We all need to time off to down tools and relax with family and friends.
Have a great Christmas for everyone at Limitless Life and CrossFit Chiltern. Be assured we will be waiting for your call in January to shed those extra pounds!!!
Kelly - Limitless Life Personal Trainer