3 Easy Ways to Stay in Shape This Christmas

Christmas is a tricky time of year when it comes to over indulgence and many of us find it all too easy to allow our fitness and weight loss goals to be de-railed. Whilst we are not advising you to avoid letting your hair down we do have some tips to share with you that will help you stay on track this December. Why not give them a go…

1.      Alcohol

Alcohol is packed full of “invisible” calories. The chances are you have several parties and get-togethers planned for December and alcohol will possibly feature at most, if not all of them. If you are going to drink alcohol try alternating with a glass of water. And if you drink spirits with mixers go for the low calorie options. Avoid binge eating at the end of the night and don’t nurse your hangover with a fry-up! Instead drink plenty of water at bed time and eat lots of fibre and fruit in the morning.

2.      Keep Active!

If you want to keep on top of your health and fitness levels over Christmas you really do need to stay active. Ok, so you may not have the time to work out as much but you can burn off those calories in other ways. Enjoy the time off work with some long walks in the fresh winter air, or perhaps ask your better half for a new piece of home fitness equipment like a Vibration Plate or Treadmill. Encourage the kids to get moving by taking them on a bike ride or a trip to the beach. You will all feel the benefit rather than a day slouched in front of the television.

3.      Shop Sensibly

The supermarkets love to distract you from your healthy routine over Christmas. They practically encourage over consumption with bargain offers of multipacks of calorie packed snacks, treats and puddings. Even some pre-prepared vegetables can be coated in butter and oil so take a minute to note the nutrition information on the packaging. The average Christmas dinner provides a whopping 3000 calories, but yours doesn’t need to. With lean turkey, freshly steamed veggies and low fat deserts you can make wonderful, guilt free feast for the family.

The key to a healthy Christmas is moderation. Of course have a drink or two but take it steady. Think about what you are buying because if it goes in your shopping trolley it will more than likely end up in your mouth. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself. And remember, there is always the New Year to get back in shape if it all goes a little pear shaped!

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