Five tips for staying fit and healthy this Christmas

Staying fit during the Christmas period can feel like a real battle, what with all of the parties and get-togethers plus, the endless abundance of food and drink that’s always available.

However, just because it’s Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean your diet has to go out the window or you have to feel miserable because you feel like you can’t treat yourself.

Here are our five quick tips for enjoying a happy and healthy Christmas:

FESTIVE TIP 1: Focus on your goals and stay motivated

Don’t forget your goals, don’t skip your workouts and don’t binge on junk food. The first few days of Christmas, with all of the tempting treats around, are always the hardest, but if you have willpower from the start, it’ll be well worth it in the end.

FESTIVE TIP 2: If you do cheat, do it properly

You will probably cheat on healthy alternatives at some point over the Christmas break so when you do, make sure it’s worth it with only the best food available!

FESTIVE TIP 3: Watch your alcohol intake

Remember that alcohol is a diuretic, which means you are likely to be dehydrated the next day. It can take hours to hydrate properly so try and mix in some glasses of water with your alcohol to help prevent dehydration.

FESTIVE TIP 4: Put your best food forward

Walking the dog or just going for a family walk is a great way for everybody to burn calories and enjoy the winter scenery (without even noticing it!)

FESTIVE TIP 5: Moderation, moderation, moderation

Keep everything in moderation! Just because there are sweets and chocolate in abundance in the house doesn’t mean you have to eat them all at once!

Christmas is a time when people often can go way overboard with their eating habits – chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s these bad habits that make us feel lethargic and can set us back months in our fitness goals.

It’s important to come up with realistic goals over Christmas, everyone is going to slip from their normal routine and eat things they know they shouldn’t. One thing they shouldn’t do is to overlook their goals over the festive break, no matter how tempting it is!

Want more practical tips on staying fit and healthy? Read, ‘10 practical tips for (easily) integrating regular exercise into your daily routine.’