Fitness fans can relax and enjoy the festive period whilst keeping on top of their health goals thanks to some top advice from a group of experts.
The health and fitness experts at Vivotion.com have revealed some useful tips for keeping sight of fitness goals whilst still being able to enjoy the festivities with family and friends.
It’s easy to ditch the healthy eating and wave goodbye to the gym during winter when it’s cold and dark outside.
This is particularly the case as we edge closer to Christmas and the temptation of booze, snacks and calorific meals are lurking around every corner.
Yet by being more mindful of what’s going in your mouth, and optimising workouts to get the most out of the limited time available to exercise, health buffs will be able to keep their fitness goals in sight throughout the entire festive period.
A spokesperson for Vivotion.com commented: “There’s always snacks lying around over Christmas – tubs of chocolates, packets of rich and fatty cheeses clogging up the fridge, and left-over food from calorific dinners.
“It’s so easy to just sit on the sofa, put on the Christmas films and snack away day after day with friends and family, justifying it by saying, ‘I’m allowed, it’s Christmas!’
“But by being more mindful and setting ourselves achievable goals, the festivities don’t have to be so detrimental to our personal health and fitness targets.
“Set realistic goals to simply maintain your fitness, rather than getting caught up with progression and give your body and mind some down time, as the festive period can add a lot of stress and worry anyway.
“Whatever you do, just keep moving and keep enjoying the festivities along the way.”
Here are Vivotion’s five key tips for keeping sight of fitness goals over Christmas:
Christmas is the time for relaxing and loosening up a little, so there’s definitely room for some treats, but try and limit yourself to how much ‘loosening up’ you do exactly.
Do you have to be delving into the chocolate box every time? And do you really need to eat to the point of complete fullness, when you’re almost fit to burst?
There’s no doubt that the majority of people won’t be able to train as often as they’d like to, so it’s important to take advantage of the free time you do have available, even if it’s just an hour or two a couple of times a week.
Maybe you can only get to the gym or go for a run twice per week and your sessions won’t last as long – that’s OK, just try to make your time count. Try out some high intensity exercise like a HIIT workout which can burn around 10-15 calories per minute, or attend a boxercise or spin class which can burn over 700 calories an hour – they can be fun too!
Try something new
With the New Year creeping just around the corner, now is a fantastic time to enjoy working out by trying something new.
If you’ve walked past any flyers at the gym or in shop windows advertising exercises classes like boxing, yoga, or even cross fit, and thought ‘that sounds fun’, now is the time to try it out!
Get a workout buddy
Having a workout buddy is a fantastic idea. You will make each other accountable, spur each other on, and it’s a good way to force you both to get up, out the house and train when the other person doesn’t want to. Very simply, but very effective.
One of the best pieces of advice is just to keep moving. Walking just 15 minutes per day isn’t a huge ask but it can burn around 250 calories if you do it every day for a week, whereas walking for 30 minutes per day can burn around 600 calories per week! Plus, the fresh air and switch off time during such a hectic period can do you the world of good.