DON’T TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR FITNESS
Christmas and New Year is generally a period that we all think of as “holiday season”. For most people, this is the only time of the year to relax, spend proper time with the family, get away from home, celebrate without worrying too much about work, and of course, indulge a little.
This is also the time of year that people tend to “let go” and put their health and fitness on hold.
I find that the first step towards breaking this habit, is to break down your “holiday season” in your head, and separate the dates or days that you will be celebrating events or indulging during a holiday.
You will find that during your entire holiday period which is generally seen as December and January, only certain days will you actually have special events where indulging may occur.
Committing to staying fit and healthy between these days will ensure you don’t fall off the wagon, and that you won’t have to start your health goals all over in the New Year!!
Enjoying life, family and events during this time, without feeling guilty about indulging is important.
Using this method, I find you can avoid over-indulging and undoing all the years’ hard work within these two crucial holiday months.
Don’t forget, spending time on your health and fitness during months, where you are less stressed from work life, can be extremely beneficial!
Below I have a few extra tips that might help you nail it this year, when it comes to staying fit…
1. CHOOSE YOUR TREATS WISELY
Enjoy treats that you don’t usually get to have during the year. Don’t eat everything that is available, but rather choose a few options that you would like. Always make a point to get in plenty of protein and vegetables, and if you can, try get these in first, before filling up on sugary foods!
2. GET ACTIVE FOR FAMILY TIME
Make a point to get outdoors with the family, going for walks and playing outdoor sport is a fun way to keep active. This can also prevent you from feeling sluggish or lethargic after big meals.
3. BE MINDFUL OF LIQUID CALORIES
Don’t forget to keep in mind those liquid calories! Just one glass of red wine will add approximately 125 calories to your day, and don’t forget the often sweet and festive Christmas drinks will generally contain more calories than a glass of red!
4. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Drinking water will not only help with digestion and regularity, but it will help keep you feeling full which may mean you will avoid over indulging. It is important to keep hydrated all the time, especially when you may be eating a little more, and eating different foods. Keeping your digestion in check will keep you feeling your best. I aim for 1.5-2 litres a day as a minimum.
5. BOOK IN SOME TRAINING SESSIONS WITH A PT
This is the perfect time for a PT! Having a professional alongside to guide you along the way will help keep you motivated and ensure you stay on track amongst all the distractions and temptations of the holiday season! A PT will also ensure you push yourself to your limits in a time efficient manner, which means you can get home to your family and spend more time doing the things you love, knowing you have done an effective training session.
6. KEEP NUTRITION IN CHECK BETWEEN CELEBRATIONS
Lastly, linking back to a point mentioned in the introduction, keeping daily nutrition in check between indulgences by using a healthy eating guide, will ensure you don’t overdo it this year!
Finally and most importantly, enjoy the Holiday Season!! Just don’t forget the importance of your health and fitness, and how much it means to you! Start the New Year feeling fresh and fit and you’ll thank yourself for it!!