Should you take a day off from training on Christmas day or take advantage of a day off and squeeze in a workout? My personal training clients were always curious if I would workout on big holidays like Christmas and New Years. Well when I was younger I would never miss a workout. I would work out sick with fever. I would wake up early in the morning on holidays to make sure I got my workout in. I viewed missing a workout as slacking off and being lazy. Now in my late forties and having been consistently training for over 30 years, I know the importance of taking days off and letting the body rest and recover from my regular training.

It’s a good idea to use the holidays as a planned active rest period. I recommend just walking 45 minute a day from Christmas to New Years. I generally end a hard training cycle right before the holidays so I can switch gears and go into this easy working-out program for a week or two.  The holiday season is a busy high stress time for me.  As such, I still like to do some type of exercise to relive stress and burn a few extra calories. Easy walking is a great mode of exercise when you just want to relax and let the body recover. Easy walking is like meditating; I don’t have to push myself and it elevates my mood without putting any stress on my body.

Let me know if you workout on Christmas or New Years day. Moreover, what type of workouts do you do during the holiday season?

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Best – Mike Cola

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