‘Tis (almost) the season, and that means it’s Christmas party time.
The end of year holiday is notorious for messing with our best laid health and fitness plans, so I thought I’d take you through a few little strategies that can help us stay on track over the next few months – Christmas in particular.
My best tip doesn’t even involve food! Exercise is incredibly effective for maintaining our weight, yet unfortunately many people change their well-built exercise routines over Christmas. You don’t have to spend 90 minutes pumping iron every day, instead use this as an opportunity to explore something different. Rowing, swimming, running, boot camps, hiking or tennis all work great. Just pick something and get it done… or come & see our trainers.
Pick Your Battles
Chances are you have multiple events coming up in the next little while, so it’s important to pick your battles. Is it your family’s Christmas day gathering, or your work’s big end of year bash? If so, have fun! Is it your partner’s sister’s boyfriend’s dog’s party? Maybe you don’t need to go so hard.
Don’t Stand Near the Buffet
This one’s quick and simple: if you stand next to the food, you’re more likely to absent-mindedly over eat. Instead, grab a plate, fill it with deliciousness and then go and make small talk on the other side of the room.
Eat Foods You Love
Similar to the tip above, make sure that the food you’re enjoying is food you LOVE. If you’re going to over indulge, make it worthwhile! Overeating breadsticks is not as fun as overeating prawns.
Eat Before You Go
Rocking up hungry to a Christmas party can be dangerous, so make sure you’ve had a protein filled snack not too long before. This can help us make better decisions at the party and protect against over doing things.
The unfortunate truth about alcohol is that it’s a really good way to add lots and lots of extra calories without even realising. A standard glass of white wine has about the same number of calories as a Mars Bar, so you can see how that will quickly stack up. Like the tip above, first decide whether this is one of those parties where you even need to partake? And if it is, alternating alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks such as lime and soda can be a good way to enjoy your evening with half the calories!