Christmas is almost here, so I thought I’d talk a little about keeping healthy and staying on the wagon over the holiday season.
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of eating, drinking and sitting, unmoving near the food over the Christmas period – but it definitely doesn’t make you feel any good. Eat in moderation, exercise and you’ll feel a whole lot better – especially when your clothes still fit and you don’t need to make any hasty “lose weight” type New Years Resolutions.
1. If you need to take a break over the holidays, plan your time off your exercise plan with a set time frame.
Don’t just think “I’ll start exercising again after Christmas”, think, “I’ll start exercising again on 29th December, I’ll go for a run”. Without a set plan, it’s far to easy to just keep putting it off.
2. If you don’t have to have time off, don’t! You’ve spent a considerable amount of time and energy creating good habits – don’t throw them out the window now! Sometimes just the act of getting up and jumping on the treadmill or doing a few weights is enough to keep the habit alive.
Substitute your usual 10km run for a 2km run – you’re still up and moving, but also taking a break by comparison. Try for just 15 minutes to keep yourself used to the idea that exercising is something you do.
3. Food is often where we come unstuck.
If you have control over the Christmas menu, plan for salads and fruit platters rather than hot, gravy covered foods. Limit the amount of dessert available and don’t buy much alcohol or soft drinks. If they’re not there, you can’t eat them. And everyone else will probably thank you for it!
If you don’t… well, it gets tricky.
- Self-control, self-control, self-control.
- Before you load up your plate, decide what you’ll eat and how full your plate can get. Then don’t go back for a second helping (or third or fourth).
- Just think of this: it’ll take a whopping 6 hours of exercise to burn off a traditional Christmas dinner. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather just eat less.
Overall, this is the time to enjoy yourself. Christmas is meant to be about friends and family – try to focus on these parts of the holidays, rather than the ever present food.
Good luck – and Merry Christmas from everyone here at Sinclairs Fitness.