Ten tips on how best to stay fit in the build up to Christmas
Christmas is approaching very quickly, and it’s so easy to pile on a few pounds, if you’re not careful.
The festive period can be hectic; there’s so much shopping to do, parties to attend and family members to visit that your training can get put on hold. A lot of people believe they don’t have time to perform their workouts.
To make the matters worse, most people consume more calories at this time of year too, because of the luxurious foods on offer. The supermarket shelves are full of festive treats, the cafes are selling their Christmas coffees and the Christmas markets selling fast food and mulled wine.
With that in mind, I’ve been helping my clients get prepared for the Christmas rush by providing them with these 10 practical tips to stay fit in the build up to Christmas:
EAT BEFORE HEADING OUT
Grab something to eat before you head out shopping. If you fill yourself up you’re less likely to overindulge when you’re out and about. Skipping meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.
AVOID SKIPPING MEALS
Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.
EAT LESS AND MORE OFTEN
Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once. Instead of having two enormous meals, have five small ones. Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.
DRINK IN MODERATION
It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you have already eaten.
You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, stay active by walking more; park your further away when you go shopping, take the stairs etc.
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. A walk through the park is a great way to socialise and get some fresh air. If we get some snow take the kids out sledging to burn extra calories.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
You should set realistic exercise goals. Aim to workout four times a week for 20 minutes. Keep the workouts intense and that should be enough to keep you on track over the Christmas period. If you plan to workout seven times a week for one hour or more the chances are you won’t achieve it and you’ll end up disappointed with yourself.
Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from festive treats will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.
DRINK A LOT OF WATER
Aim for two litres of water a day. This can help curb your appetite as well as keep you hydrated. It will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.
PRIORITISE YOUR WORKOUTS
Try to do them early while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid putting it off later in the day.
If you stick to those ten simple tips it will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time leading up to Christmas.