8 Ways to Keep Fit During the Festive Period
Food, drink and more food. The Christmas period is probably the hardest time of the year to stay fit. The booze-filled month leaves you exhausted, stuffed and ready for the January detox. But you don’t have to skip on the mince pies or turn down a glass of bubbly during your Christmas dinner. So how do you stay fit at Christmas?
What To Eat To Stay Healthy And Fit
If you really think about it, the food around Christmas isn’t actually that bad. It’s the portion sizes that seem to get to us. You may be looking forward to the roast, but you don’t have to pile seven on your plate. Keep things realistic and enjoy the food in moderation.
Don’t Go Back For Seconds
It may seem like a good idea at the time, and yes the food does still smell amazing, but do you really need to be left slumped on the sofa moaning about how much you’ve just eaten? You want to enjoy the food and not feel like you’re going to vom because of how much you’ve managed to get through. As well as not going up for extras, when eating, take your time. Eating slower will not only lead to better meal satisfaction, but you’ll better your digestion and actually realise when you feel full up. No-one likes feeling uncomfortably over-stuffed, so knowing when to call it quits is always best.
Don’t Skip Meals
Skipping meals because you want to ‘fill-up’ on the Christmas buffet or devour an entire plate of roast potatoes isn’t going to go down to well. You need to keep your metabolism going and you need to stick to the routine of having three, well-balanced meals a day. Most social meetings don’t disrupt your breakfast and lunches, so keep these healthy and planned. This way you can make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need from these two meals. If you have yet another Christmas dinner or you’re meeting your mates at the pub, you can still join in and enjoy yourself without feeling guilty that you ate a load for lunch.
Drink In Moderation
When it comes to keeping fit at Christmas, alcohol and other festive drinks seem to be everywhere and involved in everything you do, which is both a blessing and a curse. These liquid calories usually don’t seem to be taken into consideration as much as your food intake but they can be the aspect that creeps up on you the most. Downing seven draughts on a night out can add up to a whole day recommended calorie intake – which is a lot when you start to think about it.
So you don’t have to stop drinking completely, just switch up your usual drink for something that’s a little better. Spirits are a good option as they usually don’t contain as many calories as wine or beer do. Be careful when it comes to choosing the mixer though as this is what can also rack up the calorie intake. Diet soda or tonic are healthier alternatives if you don’t want to be fat at Christmas.
Drink Lots Of Water
A fairly obvious one, but one we always seem to forget. Flushing out the toxins and curing any unwanted hunger feelings, drinking a glass of water regularly will help you stay fit at Christmas. As well as keeping you hydrated and healthy, the water is sure to help you treat that banging hungover head you have while sitting at work.
Stick To A Realistic Workout Routine
Obviously, if you’re a gym-goer already, sticking to your usual routine can seem difficult. Set yourself realistic goals instead of thinking that you’ll go every day. Going for half an hour to an hour just three days a week will leave you feeling satisfied and happy, rather than being disappointed when you missed your fifth two-hour workout that the week. You still need time to socialise and not miss out on the fun, but you can’t completely abandon your workout ethic.
Work On The Muscle
Stick to your strength and muscle workouts, because losing any muscle mass will counteract all the hard work you’ve put in all year. Ten to fifteen minutes of cardio at the beginning of each workout can easily be enough for the festive season. Once the cardio is over, focusing on the arm, back and leg muscles for half an hour can conclude the workout. You haven’t overdone it and you still have time to see your mates after.
Think about what time of the day you do the workouts as well as what you do in them. Morning workouts, while everyone’s still asleep and hungover, won’t have you feeling like you’re missing out, plus it’s always a good idea to sweat out the alcohol you drank the night before.
On That Note
Staying fit during the holidays isn’t as hard and time-consuming as you may think, so fitting in all the necessary pub trips and family dinners isn’t going to be a problem. You don’t have to head to the gym every time you hit up the buffet, and turning down all the Christmas treats that are floating around won’t need to be sacrificed. Following these tips to staying fit at Christmas will have you entering the New Year in full fitness force, so forget about the ‘oh it’s Christmas’ excuse because it can be done.