8 Ways To Stay On Track This Christmas
The festive season is upon us and whilst Christmas might just be the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also often the most indulgent! Most of us tend to set aside our fitness routines during the holidays since we believe that we do not have enough time to exercise and have to many social occasions to stick to a healthy lifestyle.
Yes there may be more temptation around than normal but don't let the holiday season sabotage your gains and lead to overindulgence. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time! So here are some useful tips that will help you stay on track on this Christmas:
1. PLAN AHEAD
If you know you’re going to a Christmas party or social event at the weekend this gives you time to plan ahead. This way you can track your food Monday -Friday and allow your self a little extra room for treats over the weekend without feeling guilty. If you want something high in sugar, eat it earlier on in the day that way, you'll burn it off and use it as energy instead of potentially storing it as fat. By planning when you indulge, you can help keep your body composition in check.
2. DON'T SKIP MEALS
Don't be tempted to skip meals so you can save calories for drinking. Alcohol only supplies empty calories, so avoiding proper meals to compensate for alcohol means you're losing out on valuable nutrients, just when your body needs them to help it detoxify. Avoiding meals will only lead to counterproductive results.
3. ADJUST YOUR TRAINING
Remember, the only bad workout is the one you didn't do. Your workout doesn't have to be perfect. If you're short on time or limited by resources, make alterations where you see fit. If you were planning to train a particular body part but don't have much time, you can turn your regular workout into a quick circuit, or switch from standard sets to supersets. Both techniques will help you maximize your time in the gym so you can get in, get out, and enjoy the rest of your day. Consider hitting the gym earlier in the day as this will prevent you from skipping out later in the day when something comes up.
4. AVOID SITTING FOR TO LONG
Sitting around at gatherings with families and friends especially when combined with a sedentary 9-5 job can add up to a lot of hours with little movement. Something as simple as monitoring your steps and making sure you get to at least 10,000 in a day can go a long way when it comes to staying on track. We always like to go for a long walk after a big meal which helps keep your metabolism.
5.MAKE BETTER ALCOHOL CHOICES
When it comes to alcohol stay clear from sugary drinks such as cocktails, beers and wine. Stick to white spirits (vodka, gin etc) To reduce the amount of alcohol you consume try alternating 1 alcoholic drink with 1 glass of water. Doing this will also reduce your risk of a hangover the next day.
6. STAY HYDRATED
Every function in your body works better when you’re properly hydrated. Drinking enough water can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol. Aim to drink at least 2 litres of water a day.
7. SET YOUR GOALS FOR 2019
Why wait until next year to start your health and fitness goals? Write your goals down now, and get everything lined up and ready to go! Doing this now will help keep you focused.
8. ENJOY YOURSELF!
It’s Christmas after all! This is a time for families, friends and celebrations. Enjoy yourself, enjoy your food and take time to relax. The most important thing is to have a plan and stick to it!!! Everything in moderation.