Many people don’t work or have reduced work hours the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Whether it was during my decades as a bike racer or now as a hockey player, I always use this week as a heavy training block. Consider this week a mini-training camp. Increase the duration and intensity of your workouts.
To recover properly and ensure that you derive maximum benefits from your efforts (i.e. get stronger and fitter), you’ve got to get more sleep, including naps if possible. An increased training load must be met with an equal increase in rest & recovery protocol. This is an ideal week to address your nutritional and complimentary training habits. Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, and drink more water. Get into your stretching routine and foam roll.
This week, imagine that you’re a pro and do everything you can to take your game (fitness) to a new level. If you do, you’ll enter the New Year flying!