Every year, at around this time, people start to ask me if things are getting quieter down at RISE.

Because a lot of the general conversation at this time of year turns to “Leaving it till January”.

“I’ll do it after Christmas is out of the way” people might say.

As I explain to people, there’s less of a difference at RISE than at most places.

Conventional gyms are empty in December and rammed in January.

Our membership levels remain fairly similar and usage does drop a little in December and increase a bit in January, but it’s not as drastically different as conventional gyms.

People might drop to doing two sessions a week in December and do three or four in January.

But we have much less “stopping” and “starting again” than gyms do.

Because, in part, I help people question this mindset of “Leaving it till January”.

Because, ultimately, it doesn’t make any sense.

I’m not naive.

I don’t expect most people to eat as well over the next several weeks as they might do at other times of the year.

I know I won’t.

I know there are some days where we’re going to eat in massive surpluses.

I know I will.

I know most of us will drink more alcohol over the next several weeks.

Me again!

I know we’ll have more on and, therefore, probably less time to exercise.


But it’s the concept of ‘stopping completely’ that I’ll question.

Because, if anything, this is the time of year where we need it the most.

Still having someone like me to help create a slightly different conversation in our head………

That means that we still enjoy the season, but do it in a way that doesn’t mean there’s quite so much to be undone come January…………..

Is massively beneficial (and I’m running a free online masterclass to help with just this on Sunday evening. Only to be missed if you’re 100% confident that you’ll be happy with your eating and drinking over the next few weeks —> www.myrise.co.uk/christmas2023.

Still doing some exercise rather than none will benefit our mood and mental health and probably help us enjoy the season more than if we stop completely.

From my experience, completely stopping with the view to starting again in January usually means that people enjoy this time of year less, not more.

But yet again, it’s that mindset of “all or nothing” that gets in our way

Where we’re essentially thinking “If I can’t exercise three times a week and eat brilliantly, I may as well not exercise at all and eat like a maniac”.

Over the next several weeks, let’s just make some relatively good food and drink related decisions.

Let’s average out where we can.

Let’s do the exercise that we can.

Let’s not use it as some silly justification for doing the exact opposite, regretting it at the time and then regretting it even more come January.

Much love,

Jon’uary’ Hall

P.S. If you’re thinking “I might give this programme a go in January, then do it now. I promise you won’t regret it – come the end of January you’ll be much further on than you would be if you don’t start now! And you’ll have benefited from two free weeks –> www.myrise.co.uk/apply


RISE in Macclesfield was established in 2012 and specialise in Group Personal Training weight loss programmes for those that don’t like the gym and find diets boring and restrictive!

Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.