When Christmas rolls around it seems that a lot of people let their health and fitness routines go out of the window. The lure of mince pies, mulled wine and lazy days on the sofa is just too much.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can still enjoy the festive period to the fullest without starting January in that post-Christmas slump, feeling like you’ve gained a few too many pounds and have slipped backwards on your fitness journey.
Joe recently shared some research that gave some helpful tips about how you can stay in shape over Christmas, without missing out on the fun.
One common excuse for letting your exercise regime slide at this time of year is that your regular classes stop and/or that the gym is closed. But there are other ways to be active. Consider going walking, hiking or even climbing. If you go at a decent pace you’ll still get your heart rate up and do some work.
This time of year is also when an online personal trainer can be particularly valuable and keep you on track for your fitness goals.
Make sure that you’re also staying hydrated throughout the day. Balance out the wine and beer with calorie-free and hydrating options like water. If you need more hot drinks to warm you up, reach for a green tea instead of a tea with milk and sugar.
And if you’re still trying to work out what to put on your Christmas list, consider a fitness watch, if you don’t already have one. Research published recently found that using a fitness tracker with rewards can boost your levels of activity and therefore improve your health in the long and short term.