The Twelve Days of Christmas (with a twist)

Thanks to three kids 8 years and under, I have a lot of Christmas books.  One in particular is a huge favourite with the kids and that is ‘The Australian Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Heath McKenzie.  So, I thought what fun it would be if I could share twelve performance tips with a twist with you over the next 12 days.  What? I can see you counting your fingers and working out that today is in fact the 2nd day of Christmas, not the first.  This is because like everyone else, I feel like a mouse on a wheel and the first day of Christmas simply slipped me by.  So let me catch you up. On the first day of christmas my true love gave to me…. a kookaburra in a gum tree. Clearly this means that we should get active and climb a tree or fly a kite maybe?.  Just in case you can’t do that, pick a form of physical activity that you enjoy because its time to start putting some exercise in the bank.  We all know that the festive season means party, party, party. Its just like managing a bank account and if you are budgeting for a big ticket item (like a party or event), this means doing some saving. Given that the light streams through the windows before 5am, it is so much easier to get up at the moment and get moving. Remember the key elements of a successful workout:

  • Don’t hit the snooze button – it always seems like a good idea at the time but its a secret trick to keep you in bed
  • Put your alarm far enough away from you so that you HAVE to get out of bed to shut it up. I have put it down the hallway before.
  • Find a buddy – someone who will stick with you thick and thin and won’t let you down
  • Put your clothes and shoes out the night before, theres nothing like prior preparation to prevent PP
  • Get a sweat up and burn some fat that may have inadvertently deposited itself whilst out socialising

Oh, and just do it.