Fitness & Conditioning Through The Holidays

This is the time of year is when we have the opportunity to bring in more joy with the holidays. However, what is more common is that stress levels increase, fitness plans fall by the wayside, and people indulge in foods and celebrations at the risk of their well-being, to the point that the average person gains 5 lbs. over the holidays.  Then they feel guilty, with the intention of making up for it in the New Year. It does not have to be that way. This is when having a coach to support you can help you get in shape and gain momentum starting the new year with a bang!

As a World Champion Sprint outrigger champion and Vitality Coach, I have spent the last 30 years preparing myself to be in the position to help people find their champion within.  Through improving their vitality and well-being, I support people by coaching the whole person. At the Taylor Group I am part of a team that supports all the aspects that make up the whole person, customizing our coaching to meet the unique needs of our clients for the growth and development of their business and themselves.

To begin mapping out your vitality journey in the coming year, let’s first provide some clarity on the difference between fitness and conditioning. They often get collapsed together, but are actually two different things.

Fitness is a measure of physical qualities that create the potential for performance. Some of these physical qualities include resting heart rate, joint mobility, aerobic capacity, etc.

Conditioning is the physical and mental ability to utilize your fitness, and meet the demands of your environment. Someone can have a high fitness level (high potential for performance), and still have poor conditioning.

Why is conditioning important for everyone, not just competitive athletes?  Conditioning is the key to improving your ability to navigate and cope with the many stressors you encounter in daily life, as well as any sports and activities. Conditioning helps you more effectively utilize your background fitness level to meet and overcome real-world scenarios, and achieve long-term goals.  Adding conditioning into your life can help you feel, look, and perform your best while decreasing your risk for injuries and chronic health issues. Conditioning supports CEOs who need to train like Quarterbacks to stay on top of their business. It helps competitors of all ages to stay on top of their A-game when they perform, and helps people in everyday life to have the energy to endure all that comes their way.

As your vitality coach, I can help you break the typical cycle of letting your well-being go around the holiday, by designing an individualized conditioning program that fits your lifestyle, meets you where you are now, and progresses you to where you can go, carrying you into 2019 with sustained momentum!