It’s the most magical time of year, but it’s also the most glutinous, alcohol-fuelled and social time of year as well.
As amazing as this is, if you’re on a training programme or just want to not over do it this festive season, we’ve written some top-tips below on how to be healthy at Christmas, but still have fun.
Keeping to your exercise regime can be difficult, especially with the increased activities and finding time to see family and friends. So if you can’t make it to your regular exercise class or gym session, then look into trying some work-outs at home or in your local park.
Depending on the work-out, you could do 15 minutes of high intensity exercise every day to help quickly burn calories and get your heart pumping. Or, you could do 30 minutes of slightly less intense exercise a day such as yoga, which still keeps your body engaged and you can easily place this within your busy schedule.
Have we mentioned this before…? Keeping hydrated is the number one rule for staying healthy. This is intensified at Christmas due to more alcohol consumption and social gatherings you attend throughout the festive season.
But how do you do this? If you have a busy night ahead, drink water as you would normally throughout the day but actually have a few glasses of water during the evening as well. This will help to keep your body nourished, hydrated and reduce the risk of a glaring hangover the next morning.
ADAPT YOUR PLANS – BUT STILL HAVE ONE
It’s obvious that your daily life routine will be disrupted over the festive season, and adapting your plans and looking ahead is a great way to stay on track with your healthy eating and exercise regime.
For example, planning a PT session in the new year is a good reminder over the festive season that you have some fitness goals which you still want to stick to. Over indulging at Christmas may run the risk of putting you back in your fitness and health regime, so having something booked in the New Year will help to keep you on track.
CONTROL SCREEN TIME
You’ve eaten your weight in chocolates, cheese and now you’re all sat around the television watching endless amounts of Christmas TV.
Even though this may be tempting to do every night between Christmas and New Year, why not mix it up a bit and play some board games, or play a more active game same as charades? That way you’re still spending quality time with your family and friends, but you’re being active and giving your eyes a good rest from the screen.
JUST HAVE THE ONE SITTING
It may seem so tempting to have that last pig in blanket, but before you put it on your place, just ask yourself – do I really need this? It’s been reported that on average, people will consume an additional 3,000 calories on Christmas Day due to excessive eating and drinking.
Just sticking to the one sitting on Christmas Day will help to reduce any bloating and sluggishness for the rest of the day. It doesn’t mean you need to miss out on a lovely Christmas dinner, it just means you’re not over-indulging just for the sake of it.
Did you know that apparently one in 20 people consider Christmas more stressful than a burglary? Remaining calm and reducing stress is another great way to keep healthy over the festive period. So make sure you schedule in some ‘you’ time over Christmas, to help recharge and remain zen until the New Year.
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No matter how you’re spending the special day, we hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!