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Five ways to stay healthy during the Christmas period

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With December upon us we can officially say it’s the Christmas season! Around this time of year it can be easy to fall out of good fitness habits, break away from diets and gain a few pounds – but this doesn’t have to be the case! We’re going to look at five ways to help keep you on track so that when January 1 hits you won’t be feeling too much regret from festive indulgences!

Stay active

Ok so this may seem obvious but you’d be surprised how easy it is to fall out of your routine especially when everyone’s inviting you out for drinks, the weather gets colder etc! However it’s also just as easy to keep yourself moving by making a few changes so you can still enjoy the festive meetups and gatherings. A really easy way to stay active is to ditch the car and the elevators. Wherever you can walk as this will help keep you moving. Also if you’re walking in the cold weather your body needs to work harder to stay warm so you’re still getting a decent workout. It can be tempting to completely blow off the gym during the month of December – well if you’re not going to go all in there’s no point bothering right? Well not really. Make an effort to still go but if you really are short on free time cut down the length of your routines or may go once or twice a week instead of three or four times. By keeping up some sort of routine you’ll find it much easier to resume normally after Christmas – and you’ll also limit to the damage you do with the extra festive food and drink!

Eat

Food is one of the biggest Christmas indulgences and often will be laden with hundreds of extra calories and fat. There’s no reason to completely avoid any of this – hey it is Christmas – but you can limit it by perhaps eating before you go out to social events and also by not skipping meals. This way you can still enjoy the taste of all these treats but you won’t be replacing your usual food with much fattier stuff.

Stay hydrated

It goes without saying that hydration is key to your health all year round, however making sure you keep your water levels topped up at Christmas can offer two main benefits. First by staying fully hydrated you are able to keep those your appetite controlled and should feel less cravings – especially for all those nice Christmas snacks, so you’ll eat less. Secondly, drinking water can help control the effects of alcohol so you’re a lot less likely to end up with a hangover. Christmas is the time to be merry but who really enjoys the morning aftermath?

Drink in moderation

Alcohol and Christmas (and New Year) go hand in hand, however alcoholic drinks are full of empty calories which can lead you to have nearly double your daily RDA depending how big a night you had! Not only this but drinking can also lead to the end of night munchies and a late night kebab is definitely not going to be diet friendly. Try to keep a limit on what you do drink, as this will help control calorie intake and also how you feel the next day. Another useful tip is to avoid mixing drinks where possible – lots of shots along with wine and beer does not leave a good feeling the next day!

Be realistic

Perhaps an important thing to remember during the festive month is to be realistic. You know you’re more likely to eat and drink more and probably workout less, so instead of feeling guilty about the aftermath be prepared to accept that even if you manage to stay active and not go overboard you probably won’t make the same level of progress as you would do normally. If you do put on a couple of extra pounds it’s not the end of the world and you certainly won’t be the only one. You’ll feel much happier and be able to enjoy yourself more. Also, if you feel happier and less pressured you should find it much easier to control what you eat and how active you are.

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