Christmas is probably the most difficult time of the year when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. The weather, the foods around you and the social events can all seem like they are working directly against your aspirations to lead a healthy lifestyle. Take a moment to plan your approach to your nutrition and exercise this Christmas. Enjoy the celebrations but use the tips below to put in place some damage limitation. You will be ready to head into the New Year raring to go!
Christmas can be a good to have a chance to catch up with friends and have some fun, so do enjoy seasonal celebrations and don’t beat yourself up about relaxing your health and fitness regime a little. That said, alongside the celebrations the stress of endless preparations, managing family expectations and the financial pressures that go with the festive season can have a serious negative effect on mental health and wellbeing. It is very easy to get into a downward spiral of eating sugary and snack food and squeezing out the time for exercise.
With all the time pressures before and during the festive season it is really easy to forgo your exercise. However exercise will help you deal with the stress that is an inevitable part of Christmas for most of us.
You can very quickly undo all the good you have done over the year with your nutrition. Enjoy some christmas treats but be selective and don't get into a downward spiral of eating more and more sugary foods. If you can keep up some of your good eating habits.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated will help you stay focused. A glass of water before a meal will also help suppress your appetite helping you to avoid over eating.
Manage your alcohol consumption
There is no escaping the fact that alcohol leads to weight gain, so while you may want to enjoy a few drinks at your Christmas Party try to avoid getting into the habit of drinking daily over Christmas. When drinking alcohol make sure you have a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink.
Plan for your Christmas Parties
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