Exercising and the Holidays


This time of year can be stressful for all of us.  Between last minute shopping (only a couple of days left!), trying to assemble the kids toys, school plays, family parties, travel and everything else exercise can often be the first thing to go. Now listen closely, because I’m going to let you in on a secret known only at the highest levels of strength and conditioning.  Are you ready? Take a deep breath and relax. It’s OK. Missing some training sessions over the holidays doesn’t have to derail everything you’ve worked for.

  • Maximal strength and aerobic fitness adaptations last approximately 30 days.  Over the course of a month, if you don’t train at all you will hold onto 80% of your maximal strength and aerobic fitness.  If you can squeeze in 1 strength workout and 1 day of endurance work each week, you will hold onto more than that.
  • Here are a few tips that can help you get it all in.
  • Get out your calendar and put down everything that has to be done on a certain day.  Some days will be too full.  That’s fine.  Try to identify 1-2 days a week where you can take an hour to stay on top of your training.
  • Get one day of strength work and one day of aerobic work, 30 minutes for each session will keep you on top of your fitness.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Stay Strong,
Scott