Why pre-Christmas workouts count double!

Here’s New Body Plan co-founder Jon Lipsey on why winter workouts will make you look, feel and perform better than ever

Good news: any gym session you do between now and the end of the year will count double. No, that’s not a scientific claim. I haven’t hooked a load of New Body Plan trainees up to a bunch of electrodes in a lab. I am of course speaking from gym-floor experience.

What I mean is that if you are in the gym at this time of year, when festive temptation draws ever stronger, then you are on to a good thing. Here’s why.

You’re taking control
What determines whether or not you go to the gym? The calendar month or your own decisions? If it is the latter, then you are in control. And when you’re in control, you’re the master of your fitness destiny. Why? Because making a change really isn’t that complicated. If you follow one of our training and nutrition plans then you’ll get results. So decide whether or not you want to be in control and go from there.

You’re rejecting excuses
“I’ll start in January” seems like a pretty decent excuse to put your feet up until the New Year, right? It’s certainly a popular one. But is it valid? Well, the problem is that it’s an excuse and there will always be an excuse available to you. In January you may get hit with a big work project. In February you may get a cold. In March your dog may chew up the training plan that you printed off. So at some point you need to say to yourself that you’re not going to let excuses get in the way of building the body you want. And if you’re going to the gym now, that’s a great sign that you won’t get derailed by easy excuses.

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You’re mastering temptation
It’s certainly true that as we get closer to the holiday season you will be confronted with temptations. But, again, this is when you ask yourself – am I at the mercy of these temptations or am I in charge of my life? If it’s the later, then these simple tools will help make that mindset choice easier to execute.

Use “if…then” thinking
Let’s use booze as an example for this one. You probably know when you’re going to be most tempted to have a drink. It could be 5pm on a Friday when your colleague says, “fancy a swift one”. You know it’s going to happen so you need to plan ahead how you’re going to react. “If…then” thinking is incredibly simple. For example, if someone invites you for a drink then you’ll say you already have plans – or whatever you want to say. The point is that you need to plan ahead and you also need to take the decision out of your hands. This kind of strategy is incredibly versatile and can be used to help you in other areas of your fitness kick too.

Say you’ll have it tomorrow
When you fancy something you’re trying to limit, such as that ice cold beer, tell yourself you can have one tomorrow. That way you’re not denying yourself the thing you want. You’re just buying yourself a bit of time. When tomorrow comes you may not want it. And if you do, you can tell yourself that you can have one tomorrow. It’s a surprisingly effective tool and one that I use myself all the time.

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