It’s the season where all your hard work through the year seems to go out of the window and everyone is rushing around in a panic – which means for some, exercise goes by the wayside – the gym is already starting to get quiet and it’s only the first week of December!
Adverts show humongous feasts of food encouraging everyone to eat and drink as much as possible and even those foods aren’t exactly the best in terms of health – roasts in goose fat, extra thick cream, mince pies, cake…… everything is about excess with the excuse, that it’s about making it the best day possible.
The problem is – that it’s not just one day anymore!
The majority of advent calendars contain chocolate (though I’ve seen a few adult orientated ones that contain alcohol),you’ve then got office parties Christmas markets, catching up with friends and family – then theres the whole period of Christmas eve – through to new year….. it just doesn’t seem to stop.
It’s unsurprising then that after a month of excess that so many people then go on to make New Year resolutions to get fit and lose weight!
Now Im not going to be Mr Scrooge and tell you Bah Humbug – you can’t enjoy the season – it just takes a bit of thought.
We all know that the parties etc are going to happen so rather like going on holiday instead of forgoing the gym to go shopping – make the effort now to ramp up your exercise routine or make a slight change to your routine. For example – if you normally work-out in the evening after work – change it to early morning before work – at our gym we’ve introduced a morning bootcamp class to do just that and you can then take advantage of late night shopping or go partying in that little black number you’ve had your eye on.
In a similar vein if you would normally workout for an hour 3 days a week – maybe try doing half an hour every day. Home workouts can be just as effective – with little to no equipment – Not having the time is not an excuse.
If you have a party or event coming up – try and make sensible choices – you don’t have to choose the most calorific thing on the menu for each course. Most office parties you are provided the menu before hand so you can try to make better coices with a level head (even if you do it for just one course!) Fish and White Meats are often a good choice (so you can still have the Turkey of you want) and then make healthier choices with the accompniaments and desserts like boild potatoes instead of roasts, and natural sorbet rather than Christmas pud and custard – after all you’ve still got the other parties or the day itself if you want to indulge elsewhere.
If you know that you are not going to be able to make the most sensible choices – do be good for the days leading up to and after it!
Just remember – as much as Slade would like it – it is not Christmas everyday so minimise the damage now so that for those times when you do indulge – you wont feel as guilty and you wont feel the need to punish yourself with a horrible diet which is never a good way to start a new year!
My Christmas Themed HIIT Circuit Class: