So the festive season is fast approaching and we all know how hard it is to keep to a strict fitness regime.
It’s inevitable it will take a back seat but you can still enjoy yourself while staying fit and healthy. As soon as December hits, if not before, every weekend is taken up with indulging and most likely lots of drinking but that doesn’t mean you have to stop working towards your dream body!
If you try and follow some of my tips below, the fat gain and loss of muscle tone won’t be nearly as bad as first predicted.
SHORTEN YOUR WORKOUTS
This time of year is always very busy as we all prepare for Christmas so shortening your workouts and making it just that little bit more intense can really go a long way! You won’t be spending hours in the gym and a lot of workouts can be done at home if you really can’t brave the cold weather to getting to the gym in the first place.
PREP PREP AND MORE PREP
Prepping your meals should be done anyway as it is a major help when it comes to sticking to a healthy nutritional regime. It stops you from reaching for the quick fixes or ordering endless takeaways and this is no different at this time of the year. If you’ve been doing it all year round anyway then the routine you have should be easy to continue with.
If you are’t a religious food prepper then why not start? It doesn’t have to be all your meals, 7 days a week but even having two meals a day prepped is a start. If you don’t have problems with the majority of your food but one meal always lets you done (and I often hear it’s the last meal of the day) then prep that one! No excuses that way!
This way you will feel less guilty when it comes to the weekend and you can then enjoy yourself.
KEEPING ACTIVE OUTSIDE OF THE GYM
We all know how much of a pain it can be to set out on your first outing for Christmas presents and all the car parks are near enough full and you find yourself driving round looking for a space for a lot longer than you should be. Well how about parking a little further away and walking in? A simple but great way to burn those extra calories and even better walking back when hopefully you have lots of presents to take with you!
DRINK DRINK DRINK
No I don’t mean get down the pub and drink as much beer and mulled wine as possible. I mean water! Keeping yourself hydrated will help you massively. A lot of the time when you think you are hungry or have cravings it’s simply just thirst. Sipping at your water bottle first to see if that helps rather than reaching for the nearest mince pie can make all the difference and help you gauge how hungry you actually are. Increasing your water levels can also boost your energy, spike your metabolism and stop you from drinking other things throughout the day such as coffee or energy drinks.
When it comes to social drinking it should always be done in moderation and that’s no different this time of the year. Enjoy yourself but try not to let yourself get to the level where you can no longer walk or talk, always stay safe!
This may be the perfect time of year to get yourself a partner to train with. You will then have somebody who will help keep you motivated and talk you round when you don’t feel like training! You can set days and times together and knowing that you have someone there with you going through it all makes it all that little bit easier. On those days where you just don’t want to leave the comfort and warmth of your home another person may give you the kick up the bum you need.
So there we go! Try and follow these five festive friendly tips and hopefully the damage control at the end of the month won’t be as bad as what you expected.
But if all else fails and you completely fall off the wagon this Christmas then it’s not all lost! Get back to it at the start of next year and use it as a fresh start.
If you really struggle to stick to it and get motivated then a personal trainer might be ideal for you as you will have a specialised plan just for you, the motivational push you need and someone right by your side when you feel a little overwhelmed at how busy the gym can be at that time of year.
If you do feel like that push in the New Year is what you need then don’t hesitate to get in touch! Contact me for information on my New Year packages! LIMITED TIME ONLY!
Good luck and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas!
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