Getting Ahead of the Post Holiday Blues

We love Christmas. There's pretty much nothing better. We gladly accept all the stress and chaos in exchange for those moments of laughter, silence, comfort and love with our families. But with Christmas comes days (MULTIPLE DAYS) of doing a lot of nothing, a lot of indulging and a lot of lounging around.

We all take weeks, if not months to prepare for the holiday season. Now Christmas has come and gone, it’s no longer the 25 of December and so begins the empty lull week between Christmas and New Years. After all the excitement and merriment, the holiday you looked forward to for weeks has gone by in a day. Family visiting from out of town starts to leave and you're left with an strange lull week waiting for New Years to come. Still, New Years isn't quite the same as Christmas.

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The entire holiday season typically starts around 20th of December and lasts until the 2nd of January; two weeks of hype, fun and getting away from reality. When this suddenly stops, we know it as the Post Holiday Blues. We will find ourselves with nothing to look forward to, the Christmas carols on the radio stop, all the decorations start coming down and we have no more events or gatherings to attend.

When you are taken out of your regular routine for an extended amount of time, it can really take a hit on you and we are not just talking about your fitness, even your everyday life admin has likely fallen by the wayside as well. What we suggest is try reverting back to your regular routine as quickly as possible. Try little things that you know you can do, like drink more water, get to bed at an earlier hour, cook and eat more balanced meals at home and of course start incorporating your workouts into your day again during that lull week between Christmas and New Years (let's be honest, your body is probably begging you to do that anyway).

Taking yourself out of your regular routine for almost ONE week and reintroducing it is much easier than taking yourself out of your regular routine for TWO or more weeks. It sounds a bit crazy but we are all creatures of habit and the sooner we get ourselves back on track, the happier our bodies and our minds will be. They'll thank you for it!


Fear of the Unknown

Doing things that are habitual is easy. Habits are so ingrained in us that it's like autopilot takes over. Sometimes habits can be good for you and help you become more efficient, but there are times when habits are not so good for you and can cause you more harm than good. Maybe your way of decompressing is to go home and unwind with a glass of wine or a sweet treat. Not the worst thing, but if you were to do this day in and day out, it becomes your routine. Routine by definition is essentially the same thing as Habit.

One day you may become fed up with your daily routine and decide: HEY! I NEED A CHANGE! You realize that you need to break these habits that are not benefiting you. You make a promise to yourself that it starts tomorrow. This might not even be the first time you are trying to break this particular habit (whatever it might be), or one similar to it. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you are not. So why is it so hard to change you routines and break habits?

Knowingly or not, we as humans fear the unknown. We like things that are familiar; it's safe and comfortable. We like to know what to expect and more often that not, we don't like to be surprised, especially when there is a possibility that the surprise isn't positive. We fear change because when something changes, it means we are either gaining something or letting something else go (most times it's a bit of both). It feels like we cannot control the outcome. What we often forget to think about when we are faced with change is that there is an opportunity for improvement, an opportunity to welcome a new routine that your future self will thank you for.

Change can be tough but ask yourself if you've ever truly appreciated something in your life that was within your own control that you didn't have to work for?

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“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Our Little Gym

It's been 2 years since we opened our doors. The support we've received from our community on a daily basis over the past 2 years is more than anything we could have ever imagined. This past Saturday, we celebrated this milestone by hosting a celebratory holi-versary party to share in our collective achievements through the year.

Community

Black Tusk Athletics was built to create a community of like-minded people; people who like to have fun, work hard, be better than they were the yesterday. This continues to hold true two years later. All the people we've met along the way who share this same mindset is a testament to this. We work hard everyday, we support each other everyday. With that being said, we'd like to share a few kind words from clients that have walked through our doors at some point in the last 2 years. Our hearts are full and we thank you all.
 

"Thank you for creating such a great gym! With Black Tusk turning two, I realized that I have consistently worked out at a gym for two years straight. I have never done that before. But beyond the actual fitness benefits, being disciplined and coming to workout, has helped with my overall discipline in many other aspects in my life. 
Thanks for doing what you guys do!" - S.M

"The hard work pays off. I lost over 20 pounds and 17 inches in my first 2 months and I quickly felt faster, stronger and more energetic at the gym. Anne has been really helpful for developing habits that are sustainable and focused on the long-term. I’m now (much to my surprise!) a nutrition convert, and I’m really grateful for Anne’s support as I developed healthier habits for the long-term." - J.C.

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I like the changes that I see in myself - confidence, strength, perseverance. I have more energy for my busy life and I regularly get on the floor now to play with my kids. I’m so grateful to have found this inspiring community that pushes me to be healthy and balanced and real." - A.B

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Getting Out Of A Slump

Training ebbs and flows. You may have been motivated last month to hit your workouts hard and then choose to binge watch The Haunting of Hill House the following month. It's easy to say that you'll pick it back up next week but the longer you go without a regular routine, the more difficult it will be to pick it up again. If this sounds like you and you want to bust out of a slump, take this opportunity to change up your training or nutrition! Here are some tips to help you along.

1) Change The Way You Train

Miss running? Go for a run! Miss hitting the weights, lift some weight!
At Black Tusk Athletics, we vary our programming so you get a little bit of everything. Intensity varies as some days we'll lift heavy, and others we may may not touch a barbell at all. Don't be afraid to mix things up as variety is the spice of life.

2) Dial In Your Nutrition

Being healthy doesn't just mean you hit the gym 7 days a week. Ideally, having a regular exercise regime paired with a proper nutrition program will yield the best results. If your focus is off of training for a bit, getting your nutrition dialed in could steer you in the right direction. Start with something simple like cutting out processed sugars and go from there!

3) Book Your Classes

Hold yourself accountable and reserve your spot in class. Don't forget to show up. Prioritize that 1 hour a day that is aimed to better yourself. You deserve it. Besides, when have you ever regretted completing a workout?