Are we allowed to say it yet? It’s the start of December this week so I think so… Christmas is nearly here! Waaa. Yay! Eeeek. I’m sure that there are a lot of mixed emotions out there but I for one am a huge fan of the Christmas period, even if it does mean extra training sessions to work off those seasonal tipples.
We all know that when it comes to Christmas, fitness and health are probably going to take a back seat (or fly out of the window altogether), however I’m here to help you keep on track whilst still enjoying the party period. I believe in balance and if you’re going to make it through the season without throwing in the fitness towel, then balance really is what you need. Here are my top tips on how to have a happy healthy(ish) Christmas:
1. Drink Water
I’ll start with the obvious. One, when we think that we’re hungry it’s quite regularly actually thirst. If staying hydrated means we might eat one less mince pie, candy cane or slice of Christmas cake then it’s already saved us a whole load of calories. Two, there’s probably going to be some drinking involved (of the alcoholic kind). Water will lesson your hangover, which also means that we might not feel the need for all of that hangover food either…
2. Set Workout Goals And Stick To Them!
This one is easier said than done, but it is achievable. Try aim for three 45 minute sessions a week (or 20 minutes per day) and you’ll feel much better about any indulgences. Home workouts are a great one when the weather is cold- you can see some of mine here if you’re stuck for ideas 😉
3. Take The Stairs
Any bit of movement counts. If you’re usually a lift-goer, switch to the stairs! You’ll burn calories and work your butt. It’s simple changes like this that do actually make a slight difference. To any Londoners standing on the escalators this Christmas- shame on you!
4. Choose Your Booze Well
Unless you’re t-total, there’s going to be much more alcohol on the menu that any regular month, what with the work’s Christmas party, team night out, drinks with friends, boozy Christmas dinner with that other group of friends (…the list continues). Allow the main events to go all out and order what the hell you want but for the others maybe be a little more selective. Usually opt for the creamiest festive cocktail? Swap for a G&T or clear spirit and juice (my fave is gin and pineapple). You can still get trashed but with half the cals. Yay!
5. Try A New Class
It’s cold and not exactly motivational at this time of year. I get it. But with classes there are no excuses. They’re usually inside, meaning that you’ll be nice and warm and they’re sociable, giving you a little extra motivation. Besides, it’s scientifically proven that exercise increases endorphins. This could be the happiest Christmas yet!
6. Grab Some Workout Bargains
OK, so this one might be for after the celebrations but use the Boxing Day sales- perhaps online if you want to avoid being trampled on- to bag some new sportswear. Make sure it’s items that you genuinely like and will feel great in. I always say that if you have a good workout wardrobe then you want to workout more and besides, everyone going on a health hype in January right? Just make sure that you’re ready to outshine them all in your new (discounted) gear and you’re sure to up your gym-game!
Whatever steps you take to make this Christmas a little healthier, give yourself a huge pat on the back. You really don’t have to be scrooge to have a healthy Christmas! xx