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How to stay (relatively) fit & healthy this festive season

How-to-stay-fit-and-healthy-this-festive-seasonYes, it’s that time of year.

Parties, canapés, drinks, deserts, chocolate …. more parties, canapés, drinks, deserts and chocolate …

With Christmas just around the corner, how are you going to keep up those health and fitness goals?

Or do you just forget about them entirely from 1st December through to the 1st January?

I for one, don’t think you have to be too drastic either way.

For many of us, this time of year does involve a few social occasions. Spending time with friends and family is what it’s all about. But of course what goes along with that tends to be a lot of food and drink.

And we can all eat and drink far too much.

Calories can be piled on at so much as a glance of the mince pies!

But there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the treats this time of year brings. In moderation.

And if you’re keen to stay loosely within some form of health and fitness parameters, then it makes sense to make some good decisions in advance.

Surviving Christmas

The important thing to remember is that Christmas is for relaxing and spending time with your loved ones.

So don’t stress too much over an extra helping or another glass of wine.

At the end of the day one bad day, or letting your hair down for a few days is not going to ruin everything. Instead, just try to counter-balance any ‘naughty’ days with some good days.

Stick to fresh fruit and vegetables. Kill the carb-overload. Stay off the booze. And get out in the fresh air.

Exercise is Key

As you know, the best way to stay on track is to keep up the regular exercise.

If you’re staying at home this festive season, continue with any exercise classes that are going on. Go online and do our latest Tabata video. Or log in to your Virtual Gym for fun challenges that will give you the motivation and encouragement needed to stay focused.

Of course there are other ways to get the blood pumping and ensure that you stay fit.

A brisk long walk on Christmas day or Boxing day with the family can help. It’s all about making sure you stay active, even if this activity is less than you usually do.

Enjoy Yourself

The most important thing is to remember is that Christmas only comes once a year. It’s here and gone within the blink of an eye so you need to enjoy it.

You can make sensible decisions (turning down second helpings or foregoing the mince pies) without having to be too strict on yourself.

As long as you’re aware of what you’re eating and drinking, and get out to enjoy some form of exercise, you can make up for the rest of your ‘naughtiness’ at the start of the new year.

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