December is just around the corner and so is the start of the festive season (busy season). December is alway full of work dos, end of year catch ups, gift shopping and of course CHRISTMAS.
We know you’re are busy and and we know that it’s cold outside, but that’s no excuse to give up on your health and fitness. Follow our tips and you won’t lose sight of your goals during the holiday season.
1. Starts your day with a nutritious breakfast
If your worried about over eating this holiday season, start the day with a generous bowl of porridge, topped with banana or cranberries and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Porridge stabilises blood sugar levels, which helps control appetite later in the day, making it easier for you resist the sweet office treats that are plentiful this time of year!
2. Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water during the day and before meals reduces your appetite as well as keeping you hydrated and energised. We sometimes forget to drink enough water at this time of year, so to help you remember, try to alway drink a full glass before every meal and keep one next to your bed.
Water is key to surviving ‘festive drinking’, remember that drinking water in between alcoholic drinks will help dilute a possible hangover if you happen to overdo it at the Christmas party!
3. Have healthy meals ready to go
Everyone’s time starved during December, with so much to do in so few days it can be hard to schedule in proper healthy meals. Now’s the time to take defensive action by cooking healthy meals intended specifically for the freezer. Pop one of the meals into the oven or microwave after a late night shopping or catching up with friends, and you can won’t have sacrifice your healthy lifestyle for the festive season.
4. Stay Active
You should stick to your fitness routine whenever possible but on days that you can’t, simply walk more or use the stairs! Your workouts are important but you need to set realistic exercise goals for this time of year. If you are struggling to make time to go to the gym, adopt an at-home routine. Body weight exercises like squats, lunges, crunches and press ups are perfect ‘lounge exercises’ and tricep dips can be done on the edge of a chair or bed. No one is too busy to exercise, sometimes you just have to get creative
5. Remember the key to health and happiness…
Everything in moderation! Don’t deprive yourself; eat, drink and be merry (AND be active!)