Friday, December 27, 2013

The period between Christmas and New Year’s can destroy your fitness. Proceed with caution.

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is the Death Valley of fitness.

I’d wager more pounds are gained and more fitness lost in this period than during any other eight-day stretch of the year that isn’t spent on an all-inclusive cruise ship.

Many people simply stop caring about a lot of things when the mistletoe goes up, and between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, they treat their bodies like a ’93 hatchback that’s a week from being written off.

“Fuck it. It’s Christmas,” might as well be a line from Deck the Halls for the amount of times you hear it spoken directly before a Jell-O shooter slithers down the throat or a chunk of chocolate melts in the mouth, not in the hand.

To be sure, many athletes have earned the right to cut loose and behave like it’s Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street. A year of hard work certainly warrants a bit of time off and a respite from a strict regimen. But for others, the season is just another way to validate bad behavior that was probably happening in previous weeks, if to a lesser degree.

Wherever you fall on that spectrum, you have a choice over the next seven days: You can choose to party like David Lee Roth circa 1984, or you can hit the gym and then party as hard as you can while still planning to hit the gym the next day.

Good news! We’re here to keep you on track! We are open everyday between Christmas and the New Year so no excuses! Check the schedule for holiday hours. Keep on truckin’, no matter what parties and special sporting events are still left. The truth is, there will always be a wedding, a birthday, a holiday or a special event on the calender no matter the time of year. The choice to take the second dessert, 5th glass of wine or completely clean your plate is yours. Work hard, appreciate your body and all of your effort.


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