Your Festive Fitness Plan

The New Year is approaching.

Many of us are apprehensive due to the various crazy events this year has brought us. But your festive fitness plan doesnt have to be super complex. Whether you think the chaos will end as January hits or if you believe we better hang in for the long haul. You must have some sort of plan of action to avoid anything holding your goals back anymore!

I think December is an ideal time to test run those resolutions

How does that sound? You can test your resolve and whether this will be your year to conquer all! Let’s think out of the box for this one, let’s shy away from the predictable goals everyone always has. Why not? 2020 was crazy unpredictable so let’s empower 2021 to be different our chosen way!

Here are some options to focus on in December

and note if this will be in your action plan for New Year resolutions and goals:

Fire up your upper body

Women naturally have a weaker upper body than men, 50% weaker to be exact. Don’t you want to perform pullups and pushups like you were born with it? How about rocking that tank top like you could knock 2020 into another realm?

How do you achieve this?

Start with 3 sets of either, performing as many reps as you can. You can then add in supporting exercises to help strengthen these moves such as chest presses, rows and lat pulldowns. Do this about 3 times a week and notice the changes by the time the new year comes around.

Getting bendy

I know many people who chose to focus on adding yoga into their programs especially as a resolution for the new year. And possibly to add in a bit more zen and focus for the day to day. However, a few mention that flexibility is their goal, and a daily or weekly practice like yoga can certainly help them achieve that. Why not add “bendy” to your new year goals? Because this not only helps you recover quicker, have more effective workouts (thanks to mobility improving). But it also helps to fix imbalances.

Start this by including stretching after every workout. Ask a personal trainer for help or find some useful clips online. Hold each stretch for a 20-30 seconds and breath into it releasing tension. Never jump into the deep end though, always work with your body not against it.

You can choose

What you do in your fitness journey is totally up to you. I have mentioned this in previous blogs, although there are tried and tested means to reaching certain body goals. Always remember that you can choose how you prefer to get and keep fit. Use December as your trial month, testing new gyms, new classes and even finding your perfect fit online challenge or coach! So your festive fitness plan will just continue into the new year.

The key to success is always consistency, so finding what you love will always ensure that happens!

I would love to hear your slightly out the box goals and resolutions for 2021!



Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.wellness

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