Fitness tips for Christmas 2016

 

Fitness tips for Christmas 2016

Fitness and Christmas are not usually words that are used together at this time of year!  But having worked hard all year long to keep fit and keep the weight down, Christmas comes around and lots of your hard work is undone in a matter of days.  It’s a tough one – with so much lovely food, parties and general festivities, it’s easy to put on 4-5 pounds in a short space of time.  So what do you do?  You read our fitness tips for Christmas 2016 and you keep strong, so when new year comes along and everyone else is struggling to lose the pounds, you’re smug in the knowledge that you prepared well for the holiday season!

    • Moderation:  Remember that it’s important not to over do it on the mince pies and bubbly!  Enjoy yourself and eat and drink,  but just do so in moderation and be conscious of exactly what you’re eating and drinking.  When faced with a delicious buffet, always pile on the coloured foods in favour of any others as usually more colourful = more healthy.
    • Alcohol:  Don’t forget that alcohol is surprisingly calorific – each glass of bubbly contains around 90 calories!  When mixing drinks, always try to opt for slimline mixers as they contain less calories than their ‘full fat’ counterparts!
    • Water:  Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water every day.  We should all aim for around 2 litres of water a day – that’s about 8 – 10 glasses a day.
    • Strut your stuff:  Why not strut your stuff at the Christmas parties, even if you’re not good at it!   Did you know that dancing can burn up to 250 calories an hour?
    • Keep eating:  Never miss a meal.  It’s important to have at least 3 proper meals a day.  If you decide to miss a meal thinking you can make up for it at the next meal, you’ll be doing yourself a disfavour.  Muscle can quickly begin turning into fat, which is the body’s response to perceived starvation.  Eat a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner, with healthy snacks in between if needed.
    • Healthy snacks:  Try healthy snacks in between meals or when at a party – such as raw veg and dips.  Try to say no to crisps, peanuts and sweet treats.  You’ll be proud of yourself when you do.
    • Sleep:  Make sure you get plenty of sleep over the Christmas period.  A rested body and a rested mind regulates your mood and helps you make the riight choices.
    • Turkey:  Don’t cook your Christmas turkey in lashings of butter or oil.
    • Puddings:  Rather than Christmas pudding, mince pies and Christmas cakes with cream, you could opt for something a little more healthy such as fresh fruit kebabs or natural yoghurt and fruit.
    • Exercise:  Even though  you’re undoubtedly busy with Christmas preparations, try to make time for some exercise.  You’ll feel better for it and you’ll function much more effectively.  If you can’t make it to the gym or you don’t have time to step on your treadmill at home, at least try to choose the stairs rather than use a lift and walk or cycle where you can instead of taking the car.

    In spite of all of this, Enjoy yourself!  Remember these fitness tips for Christmas 2016 and have a very healthy and happy Christmas and new year.

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