It’s December which can only really mean one thing; Christmas is well and truly on its way! There’s no better time of the year than the Christmas holidays and for many it is a chance to relax and catch up with family and friends.
One issue with Christmas is that it tends to drastically get in the way of your health and fitness goals! From Christmas parties to sweets all around the office, from family buffets to cupboards brimmed full of calorific treats, it really can be a difficult time of the year to stay motivated and disciplined.
Without trying to sound like the Christmas scrooge, these holidays are a time of year to be enjoyed and to some extent letting yourself go. At the same time, you don’t want over 11 months of hard work and discipline to simply vanish in the space of a boozed filled and over indulgence blip. So what can you do to ensure the best of both worlds? Here at FitnessBeans we thought we’d give you our top 5 simple yet effective ways to both enjoy the festive holidays whilst at the same time ensuring that the early months of 2013 is not spent playing catch up. Without further ado, let us consider the first of five:
For many of us, the Christmas holidays can span nearly 2 weeks. This is simply too long to be away from all forms of exercise. Use the limited opening times of your gym to your advantage and ensure that some time in the Christmas schedule is set aside for exercise. Even exercising at home is better than absolutely nothing at all.
The meaning of Christmas can sometimes become forgotten in between rushing around for shopping and visiting family and friends. Ensure you allow yourself some you time to relax and recover whilst watching a Christmas film for the 12th time! Don’t allow stress to get the better of you and leave you feeling run down and lethargic.
Can you really justify eating half a chocolate cake just because it’s Christmas? Remember, whatever additional calories you consume will be required to be burnt off at some stage in the future. Enjoy the foods on offer but eat in moderation. Remember to fill up on vegetables and fruits whilst ensuring your protein levels are not forgotten.
Ensure you and your body remain hydrated at all times. If you’re going to consume alcohol then why not alternate every drink with a glass of water. Furthermore, why not have a large glass of water with your food. It will provide you with a feeling of fullness and might just prevent that 4th return to the buffet on offer! Your liver will truly thank you.
With everything going on, from nights out and family and friends visiting, it’s often easy to forget about your sleep and to adopt some unorthodox sleeping habits. Allow yourself approximately 8 hours per night to ensure your mind and body are properly rested and ready to go again. Remember, muscular growth occurs during sleep.
So there you have 5 simple ways to enjoy Christmas whilst remaining healthy. All that’s left to do is wish you a very Merry Christmas from the FitnessBeans team.