Christmas Fitness Tips
Five Practical Christmas Fitness Tips
How has this year went for you? Albeit another rather strange one we would say, but Christmas is here! When it comes to personal goals you could probably be excused for not everything going to plan.
Did you have a New Years’ resolution and manage to keep it going? Whatever you may have achieved this year, Well done! It is not easy to set a habit in place but once you do the health benefits can be massive.
So, as another year comes to its climax it is normal to relax and indulge in some of your favourite food and drink. After all its Christmas.
There are however, some really easily things we believe most people can do to ensure those great habits don’t fall by the wayside. We at Fitbook, wish to share Five helpful tips for the festive season…
Being around your loved ones at Christmas is a great time to get outside In the cold and go for a good old walk. If you have any pets then even better! If you have a particularly lazy Christmas then a good walk will get your body moving and get that heart rate elevated. The Dopamine hit can make you feel good and you don’t always need a gym session to do this. If you have a smartwatch, simply getting some steps in can have a big effect on your mental state as well as burn some calories.
Drink Plenty water
If you are having a tipple this Christmas, that combined with carbohydrates equals one thing – Dehydration. You can slow the hangover process by having a glass of water between drinks. Then, when it is time for bed, having at least a pint of water can have a big impact on your condition the next morning!
Christmas dinner swaps
Of course, dinner with all the trimmings is undeniably one of the best things about Christmas! The thing to watch, is portion size. You can still have the unhealthy food, just try not to make it a giant helping.
There are simple swaps that won’t compromise taste, too. If you’re watching your carbohydrate intake, maybe swap creamy mash for sweet potato. Or opt for baby potatoes, as they have less starchy carbs. Be aware of how much oil you cook in too, you only need about 2tbs in your pan. Try this BBC good food article for some ideas for Christmas party foods.
Try not to skip your strength workouts this Christmas
This may be a luxury afforded more to people with some weightlifting equipment at home. However there are free weight alternatives, of course. But this part is important particularly if you have worked this year towards gaining muscle mass, you do not want to lose any of that muscle mass gained. With all those extra portions of meat you may have this Christmas you could actually make some good muscular gains if you take advantage of it. This is going to be way better that gaining extra fat so try and prioritise some strength training.
Select the Treats
Make sure to select the treats that you eat in as wise a manner as possible. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.