Yes! It’s that time of year. Christmas decorations are going up, kids are on school holidays and parties are being thrown left, right and centre.
It’s a time to relax and let your hair down.
Unfortunately, most of us can relate the Christmas period to increasing the link on our belt buckle. On average we put on 1-2 kilograms over this period. It may not sound like much, but research has identified that weight gained over this time is rarely lost.
On that note, here are 11 fun-filled, festive tips to help you stay in shape over Christmas.
1. You still have a goal - why change that now?
You and your trainer have been working towards a goal. Try to remember that goal and stay on track.
This time of year is no different to any other time. It just has a special name - Christmas.
Don’t let the festive spirit pull you away too strongly. Remember the reasons you started training with us at Soul. Let them be your bright, red nose guiding the way.
2. Plan sessions with your trainer and use the gym throughout the break.
Again, it’s no different to any other time of the year. Planning sessions in advance allows you to prioritise training and stay consistent.
We are still open over the holidays. Even if your trainer is away, there are others available who would love to help. Come in to use the gym and join the classes.
3. If you are going away, get some extra sessions in the books.
Use your holiday period as a time to book in extras in the lead up to your departure to put a few Christmas credits up your sleeve. Alternatively, book in some extra make-up sessions on your return.
4. Pack your gym gear.
Heading off on holidays isn’t an excuse to become a total lazy head. If you’re travelling, bring your joggers & workout clothes with you. Check your hotel and local area to see if it has fitness facilities. Anything is better than nothing.
5. Pay attention.
It’s buffett season. All you can eat galore. Dangerous times!
Pay attention to your hunger cues and be mindful of your eating. Ask yourself questions like:
Am I actually hungry enough for seconds?
How fast am I eating this dessert?
How did this sausage roll get into my mouth?
6. Avoid going hungry to parties
Simple and effective. Load up on protein and vegetables before going to a party you know will be filled with ‘less than ideal’ food choices.
7. Get out in the sunshine.
This is an amazing time of year, so make the most of it. Go to the beach, walk the Spit to Manly, take the kids down to the park or play some backyard games. It’s the season of outdoor activities. Netflix and chill can wait for the cold.
8. Drink in moderation.
Alcohol is a killer over the festive period. You tend to drink a lot more than usual, and that’s fine. I’m not saying not to drink. Just be aware of how much you’re guzzling down.
For some guidance:
1 glass of red wine = ~130 calories
1 Carona = 148 calories
1 glass of champagne = ~150 calories
1 long island iced tea = 276 calories
9. Drink a lot of water.
More than you normally drink. It’s hot, so it’s good to stay hydrated. At parties, alternating one alcoholic beverage with one glass of water can save you a headache in the morning and some embarrassing stories to wake up to.
10. Aim to maintain.
It’s probably not the time of year for some massive health achievements. Getting through the Christmas period unscathed is celebration enough.
11. “Out of sight, out of mind.”
Lastly, when the party's all over, you’ll be surrounded by leftovers. Booze, snacks, chocolate and Grandma’s 10,000 calorie sausage casserole can cause some post-party damage to the waistline.
Put them out of sight. Give them away. Throw ‘em. If they are out of sight, they are out of mind.
Blog post by Mike Gostelow
Personal Training Mosman