When it comes to Christmas, there are a few things that usually come to mind. Even just the mention of the word brings out a lot of emotions in us. The cosy winter, the snow, the family and friends with festivities, best of all the food. For some, though, one thing that's particularly hard to forget about is actually fitness. It makes sense, fitness is a lifelong healthy habit, but so is living, and it’s just as important. To make sure we hammer that home, we’re here to talk about why you should take Christmas break from exercising, and it’s an interesting topic too.

It’s fair to say that most people aren’t too bothered about this kind of thing, but we’re actually not just talking about Christmas day. This time of year is more than that. What we’re looking at here is the build-up, and what it can mean your health, as well as your fitness, and why exercise might not be the best way to help them both.


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Fitness Life Balance

group of people in santa hats having christmas food

The most important theme that we need to look at first of all is what we call the fitness/life balance. Most of us know about things like the work-life balance already, but with your fitness and your health, it’s just as important to look at here. If fitness becomes your whole life, it can be really easy to get caught up in it, and even suffer the consequences of overtraining. The issue is that that has a whole load of bad connotations, and you need to be in a place where you can avoid them.

Exercise has to be a lifelong habit for you to truly make the most of your health. If your fitness and exercise regime/dedication get in the way of other things in life, it’s easy to miss out on the good things that life has to offer. Even on top of that, it can be one of the best ways to demotivate yourself when you realise that. Being too hard on yourself just means you have more excuses to quit, and if you don’t enjoy your life with exercise in it, you need to change how you exercise to find a way that you enjoy.

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Importance of Rest

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Taking things down a notch, this is also an amazing time to mention how important taking a break from exercise and getting more rest really is. We’ve already looked at the importance of rest days, but it really needs to be something that we hammer home around this time of year especially.

Rest days are when your body has time to relax and recover from the stress that exercising places on it. That’s the physical side of things, and you need to make sure you get it. On the other side of the coin, though, we also need to look at the mental side of things. A break from exercise around Christmas can be an excellent decision for your mental wellbeing. You have time to enjoy yourself and take in the break while not worrying about exercise and when you can do it, or worrying when you can't. That's enough of an argument on its own.

Christmas is Stressful!

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Taking a step back to enjoy things isn't the only battle here either. Another huge thing you need to think about is what’s going on right now.

Christmas is stressful enough for loads of different reasons, so taking a Christmas break can really help ease that. You might have spent a little bit too much cash, and if that's a stress point, it's a big one. Maybe you're struggling to find the time to see people or get organised. You might just not be a fan of this time of year, and that's fine too! Exercise shouldn't be something that's adding to all of that though, and it really can do.

Enjoy Life

If there's one thing that you need to take away from all of this, make sure that it's this. There's more to life than exercise, and that includes Christmas. That's right, we said it, and we mean it. Exercise is one of the best things that you could ever do for your body and your mind, but it's not always practical, and it's not the be-all and end-all. Find a way to exercise that fits into your life, and make sure it's not something you love to resent. It's hard, and we all struggle at some point, but it's worth it in the end. Find a balance that works for you, and enjoy that Christmas break.


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Before beginning any exercise or nutrition program, consult your physician, doctor or other professional. This is especially important for individuals over the age of 35 or persons with pre-existing health problems. Exercise.co.uk assumes no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained using our advice.

If you experience dizziness, nausea, chest pain, or any other abnormal symptoms, stop the workout at once and consult a physician or doctor immediately.