Christmas is the time of the year when everybody struggles to be healthy and continue their fitness journey, and 11 months of hard work can be wiped out in a few weeks! Don’t let this happen to you!
Follow the below tips to keep your body ticking over throughout the Christmas period, ready for the New Year
- Don’t sit down everyday – try and do something active or the weight is soon going to start adding up – people can gain over a stone over the Christmas period, and it’s a lot harder to lose than it was to gain
- Don’t drink too much – remember alcohol is empty calories. If you do drink, then remember to swap to the low calorie options if possible such as gin and slim line tonic. Mulled wine is nice but is pretty high in calories – click here
- Don’t give up the gym – it’s the time of the year when you need to work out the most! Try to train regularly – if you struggle to make classes or gym then do 15 minute workouts a day at home, use hit/circuit sessions or YouTube videos to give you a few workout ideas
- Don’t stress – Christmas is about having fun and enjoyment
- Drink lots of water on a night out to keep you rehydrated and hopefully avoid the hangover in the morning. If you do have a hangover then get up and get out for some fresh air, the alcohol isn’t going to burn off and leave your system if you are in bed all day. Click here for more info
- Get a workout buddy if you are struggling for motivation or make a pact with your class buddies that you will still keep going throughout Christmas. Many local fitness trainers and gyms also run Christmas bootcamps and challenges – sign up to one of these
- Book an event for early 2018 to give you a goal to maintain – perfect for motivation and to keep you working out over the Christmas period. 5k runs are perfect for this – get others involved too. Even better – book a bootcamp weekend!
- If you have an event which you know involves food and alcohol, plan a workout for that day and make it a pretty tough one – including HIT and weights! Not only will this make you feel great, but it will also increase your metabolism so you will burn the food/drink off more efficiently, and you won’t feel guilty because you have pre burned those additional calories – then enjoy your night
- If you work in an office environment – avoid continuous snacking on Christmas junk food such as chocolates, cakes and biscuits. Instead limit yourself, or take in healthier options. The result – you won’t feel lethargic and tired all day at work, plus you won’t gain weight!
- Get the family involved in fitness – active games such as dance, sports etc on the Xbox are a perfect way to keep the family entertained and active
- Christmas Dinner – this is when everybody over indulges. Enjoy it but a few tips include don’t go back for seconds, eat at the dinner table so your body recognises you are eating (no tv), and eat slowly – it’s not a rush
If you are looking to give your body an extra boost in the new year then why not book one of our Ladies Bootcamp Retreats in the UK or Portugal.
They start at just £139 for 2 days inclusive of accommodation, meals, fitness sessions/workshops, and aftercare support, and are a perfect way to rejuvenate your body to let you continue on your journey. They are suitable for all ages/abilities and ideal if you are looking to lose weight, inches, tone, or just want a healthy break. We also have our Fitness Holiday for those who want a bit of sun thrown in too!