December is a time for eating, drinking and being merry as the festive season draws in. This also means the holiday period is notoriously difficult for our healthy eating habits and exercise regimes.

Of course, Christmas is the time to enjoy yourself, so we’ve got a few tips on staying fit and healthy without missing out on the festive fun!

Think about what you eat and drink

With so much food and drink right at your fingertips, it can be tempting to overindulge. Whilst indulging is only natural (who can resist the odd mince pie?), a little mindfulness can go a long way. Be aware of your body and if you feel full or bloated and sluggish, stop eating or drinking. You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you step on the scale come January.

Make sure you get a good breakfast

After all of the Christmas festivities it can be tempting to indulge in a hearty English breakfast. However, a fry-up is not the cure you’re looking for and you’ll be missing out on key hangover-busting nutrients. If you’re craving something warm, a healthy omelette packed with vitamin-filled veggies is your best bet, but if you can’t face a cooked breakfast, a good helping of berries and probiotic yoghurt will also work wonders.

Take a walk

It might be a challenge to keep up with your regular workouts, especially with friends and family staying and seasonal gym closures! But that doesn’t mean you get to stop moving altogether. After a big Christmas lunch, why not walk it off for an hour? The movement will help to keep your heart healthy and burn a few extra calories, not to mention the benefits of a breath of fresh, winter air!

Drink plenty of water

Water really is a miracle worker when it comes to health and fitness. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your metabolism moving, meaning that you are less likely to pile on as many pounds after Christmas dinner. What’s more, with more alcohol flowing and later nights, keeping hydrated is essential for staying awake and alert to enjoy all the fun during the day.

Enjoy yourself!

Whilst it is important to eat healthily and stay active (even though it’s Christmas), there’s also such a thing as “everything in moderation”. Make sure you take the time to enjoy yourself during the holidays and embrace the time you have with friends and family.

Try to make time for exercise

We offer a range of fitness classes at all of our centres and are always happy to see a new face. Take a look at our class timetables and why not book yourself and a friend?

Page last reviewed on 30/11/2020

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