Top Tips for staying on track over the festive period….
With the numerous Christmas parties and nights out coming up over the festive season, it can sometimes be hard to stay on track with your usual fitness and nutrition routine, but it certainly isn’t impossible. Yes, you may not be able to stick to what you are used to 100% but that doesn’t mean you should go completely off track and reverse all the progress which you have made. It’s all about balance!
With a few tips and tricks you can stay on course with your fitness journey, whilst still enjoying yourself to the max!
Let your hair down, have fun with friends and family and say cheers to Christmas 2015!
Tis the season to have a few drinks and bubbles, and therefore it is more important than ever to keep on top of your water intake. If you are out and about, aim to have a glass of water in between each alcoholic drink that you consume, not only will this stop you becoming the office clown at the annual Christmas party, but your head will thank you for it in the morning. Drinking a large glass of water before meals can also give you the feeling of being fuller and stop you having the urge to overeat. Not to mention that radiators, car heaters etc. are all dehydrating to the skin, which you want to keep looking at its glowing best! Make sure you always carry a water bottle around with you so you don’t forget to drink which you could add sliced lemons or berries to for flavour, or I have been enjoying herbal teas lately with the Pukka vanilla chai being my current favourite!
Indulge in a little of what you fancy.
Do allow yourself a few treats, it is Christmas after all….but don’t allow yourself to become a human dustbin! Make sure you only indulge in the very best food that you have been looking forward to all year, rather than grazing on absolutely everything just because ‘it’s there.’ This will also allow you to really enjoy what you are eating and feel satisfied rather than mindlessly eating your way through the generic chocolate boxes and crisps which you can get at any time of the year!
Don’t starve yourself.
Don’t attempt to not eat all day in preparation for an event or party which you may be attending. This will only encourage you to binge on any food and drink available later on as you will no doubt be starving! You are better off eating nutritious protein packed meals throughout the day before you go.
Have some healthy snacks on hand.
If you are going to be out and about much more than usual and don’t know what food is likely to be available, then make sure you have a couple of healthier snack alternatives stashed away in your bag just in case you do get peckish or are faced with poor nutrition choices. This could be a protein bar, a handful of nuts or some fruit, but at least this way you can curb any hunger pangs which you may encounter.
Schedule your workouts.
I know that this time of year is busier than usual and the temptation is there to skip out of your workouts, but schedule them in before you begin your week. You might find it easier to workout in a morning and this way it is done and out the way; you can get on with the rest of your day without worrying about getting to the gym later on or if something spontaneous comes up you can attend with a smug smile on your face!
If you can’t get to the gym, change up your workouts by just being more active and getting outside. It may be cold, windy, rainy, blustery…(the list goes on), but when the opportunity arises or the sun decides to peak its head out, get yourself outside for a brisk walk or activity. It will blow away the cobwebs, get some fresh air into your lungs and provide you with some much needed vitamin D! That rosy glow to your cheeks will instantly make you feel better, more alert and all around healthier.
Boost your immune system.
It is much more likely that you are going to pick up that dreaded winter bug or cold in the next few weeks, your immune system is weaker and you tend to feel a bit more run down than usual; so make sure you are as healthy as possible to avoid missing out on all the festive, exciting plans you have made. Last week I could feel the start of a cold coming on, so rather than wallowing in self pity on the sofa with a good film, I made sure to increase my micronutrient intake, added plenty of garlic and chilli to my meals, took some echinacea tablets and extra Vitamin C, as well as ensuring I had plenty of rest; this way I was able to fend off the lurgey before it really got started. Increasing your intake of leafy greens and seasonal vegetables; as well as adding spices and seasonings such as garlic, chilli, turmeric and ginger to your meals, will not only make your food taste delicious but your immune system will thank you for it too. An easy way to do this is make yourself a superfood smoothie on a morning including a scoop of protein powder, a handful of mixed berries, lots of green leafy vegetables (promise you won’t taste them!), sprinkle of ginger, squeeze of lime and water or coconut milk to blend! A protein packed and nutrient dense start to your day!
Focus on having fun.
Last but certainly not least…this time of year is all about sharing fun times with your loved ones, so don’t stress out about food or missing the odd workout. Don’t worry so much about what you are eating that you forget to actually be present in the moment and have a good time. Spend time doing what makes you happy and make memories which will last forever.
Have a healthy happy Christmas wherever you are in the world!
Love Abi xxxx