Updated: Oct 27, 2021
Christmas is seen as a time for indulgence and after the year we’ve had, the desire to reach for that extra mince pie is completely forgivable. But, if like me, you’re keen to keep on track and avoid spoiling your hard work, it’s important to stay motivated and not over-indulge.
Here I’ve shared some of my top tips on how to stick to your health and fitness goals over the festive period.
Keep active over Christmas
At Christmas, many of us spend a lot of time sitting on our backsides, watching all of the festive films and TV specials. This is all well and good, as long as you balance it out with some movement.
Don’t sit on the sofa all day! Encourage the whole family to go for a walk after dinner to get some fresh air and aid digestion.
It’s also important to stick to your strength training and workouts. You’ve worked hard to get where you are, so don’t let it slip. Come New Year, when everyone else is setting resolutions to lose the weight they gained over Christmas, you’ll feel extra good about yourself.
I’d suggest trying to do your workouts early in the morning, while everyone else is still asleep. That way, they won’t try to put you off exercising with the old ‘don’t bother, it’s Christmas!’
Avoid binge drinking
As a nutritionist and personal trainer in Bromley, I advise my clients to avoid drinking alcohol. At the same time, I understand that many people like to enjoy a little tipple at Christmas.
My best piece of advice is just to be mindful about how much you are drinking. Don’t skip meals to binge on alcohol because it’s just empty calories.
Keep your body hydrated with water, as it’ll not only help to counteract potential hangovers but also satiate your appetite so you don’t overeat at dinner.
Consider portion size
From speaking to clients at my private gym in Bromley, I know something a lot of people struggle with is portion size. And according to research, Brits put away an average of 5905 calories over the course of Christmas Day alone!
As delicious as your Christmas dinner looks, try to eat no more than you truly need. Once your plate is clean, wait 20 minutes to see if you’re still hungry. Chances are, you won’t be!
Don’t eat just because it’s there
Only Scrooge would say you can’t treat yourself at Christmas. It’s perfectly fine to have a mince pie or dip in the Quality Street tub, as long as you really want it. Don’t just eat because it’s there!
Try to get in your 5 a day
Your Christmas dinner plate is bound to be loaded up with vegetables but how much fruit do you eat over the festive period? It’s important to keep getting your vitamins and minerals to boost your overall health.
Try and continue to eat your recommended portions of fruit and veg over Christmas. Create a festive fruit bowl to make it look more appetising and make small but effective swaps - like changing a cooked breakfast for fruit and oats!
Set goals and stick to them over Christmas
Fingers crossed, come 2nd December, we’ll be out of lockdown and the doors to Project Fitness & Nutrition in Bromley will reopen.
Initial Health & Fitness Assessments are FREE of charge until the end of the year. So if you want to set goals to stick to over the Christmas period and beyond, sign up for my Bromley personal training sessions.
All personal training plans include a personalised nutritional plan, home workout guide, progress reports and one-to-one (or two-to-one) private sessions. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.