Here is our latest Blog to help any gym goers and fitness enthusiasts with some damage limitation over the Christmas period. After working hard all year we hope this will prevent feeling like your starting from scratch in the new year.
Snacking is where most people go wrong and especially over the Christmas period where there are lots of treats available. I know it’s hard trying to stay healthy but by choosing the correct snacks this will help you to stay on track.
It can be hard especially when you’re tired from a night of drinking and all you want is some chocolate or a take away but by reaching for some of these healthier snacks it will keep you on track.
- Handful of Nuts
- Handful of Fresh Berries
- Homemade Guacamole
- Stay Hydrated:
As everyone knows it is important to stay hydrated and this is even more important over the Christmas period with lots of alcohol involved. There are many benefits to drinking water, some of the benefits include healthier skin, teeth & bones and it increases your fat metabolism. Try to drink 2-4 litres of water a day.
Try to avoid the sugary drinks as they are full of sugar and just a quick fix. The best way to stay hydrated is to carry a bottle of water around with you or invest in a water bottle where you can refill every day. This will be a reminder to stay hydrated.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
This quote says it all. Preparation is extremely important in day to day life and this is no different over the Christmas period. Preparing what meals you are going to make the next day or using leftover meats e.g. turkey to make a curry is key.
Without preparation you will just eat the first thing you see. It can be hard especially this time of year but I can guarantee it will be worth it in the New Year.
- Invest in some Winter Gear:
Invest in a hat, good leggings and jacket to get yourself moving over the Christmas. If you don’t have it you will just make the excuse that it is too cold outside to do any exercise.
As everyone knows sleep is extremely important. It helps us function in our day to day lives, helps with recovery from exercise, you will have more energy and sleep is also good for our overall health and wellbeing. Our sleeping pattern over the Christmas can tend to be all over the place but if possible it’s important to try keep a routine to get a good night’s sleep.
Obviously the gym will be closed over the Christmas or its opening hours can have changed and this can be an obstacle. As well as that people don’t want to go to the gym. One way to overcome this would be to plan your exercise. You don’t have to vigorous exercise to stay on track over the Christmas maybe go for a hike with a couple of your friends, go for a cycle or do a workout at home. A HIIT can be done at home without any equipment just using your own body weight so there is no excuse not to do it.
People try to make up excuses not to workout but you will feel better, have more energy and when you come back into the gym in 2019 it won’t be as much of a struggle.
- Don’t be hard on yourself:
It’s important to enjoy yourself over the Christmas and don’t be hard on yourself if you get too drunk or overeat. The most important thing is to have balance in your life but that means you will just have to work harder in January to get the body you want.
If you are heading out try and get a workout in before e.g. do a HIIT at home, go for a hike or maybe a gym session!