It’s oh so easy to spend the festive season overindulging with endless treats, meals out and alcoholic drinks, forgetting about fitness, health and wellbeing, but by doing this, you end up with a lot of work for yourself in January, and who wants to start off a new year feeling overweight and stressed? So I’ve just gathered a few tips that work for me on how to keep up your healthy lifestyle during the month of December (but do remember a few treats here and there will not hurt you, it’s all about balance!).What I like to do is plan ahead so I can make sure I fit in my weekly exercise around my plans. If the week is looking very busy, I’ll opt for quick HIIT workouts first thing in the morning such as videos like Lucys on Youtube: HIIT Workout – 4 Minutes Fat Burning
I will also think about walking more if I can not fit proper workouts in or if your local classes have been cancelled during this busy, festive period. I’ve mentioned it before I know, but walking is extremely good for your health, your heart and your fitness level and you really can achieve more than you’d think by walking at least 30 minutes a day. If you do walk anywhere, try and pick up the pace a little bit, shooting your heart rate up and making your body work harder. And why not throw a few squats in between fast paced walks, or speed it up to a jog now and then and create intervals for yourself. I like to say ‘jog to one lamppost and then power walk to the next’. Give it a go!
Instead of getting together with a friend to eat cake and drink spiced lattes, why not suggest a nice leisurely walk together or going to a fitness class together to burn off some of the mince pies from the night before?! I know this is easier said than done, but it’s food for thought and if you don’t want to see your fitness levels drop over December, or the pounds creep up on you, try to keep a balance throughout the month rather than use it as a cheat month!
Treat yourself to new gym gear, trainers or a workout dvd, basically something that will motivate you to get up, get out and get moving! Here are my lovely new Asics trainers from Sweaty Betty:
Do fun, outdoor activities with your children (or nieces and nephews) like visiting the park, having snowball fights (if we’re lucky!) or building snowmen. This way you’re getting fresh air, getting a bit of a sweat on and having fun with your little ones!
Allow yourself time off, but don’t think that December doesn’t count either! My teacher who I trained with for my PT exams was really inspiring actually, she said her and her three boys would wake up Christmas morning and go on a family 5k before coming home to unwrap presents and have breakfast. Now although many would think this is extreme, I found it quite inspiring. It’s something she does as a family, it’s not a chore or a punishment, it’s enjoyable for them and has become somewhat of a family tradition. Now I’m not suggesting that everyone goes running or works out on Christmas day, however, I do believe that just because it’s Christmas, it doesn’t mean that we have to drop our healthy lifestyles and become careless for a month. If you can make a healthy and enjoyable activity over the festive season for you and the family to take part in and make it a family tradition, then why not?! I’m thinking ‘dance party on Christmas eve’…not sure Tom will warm to this, but we’ll see!
Anyway, I hope this will inspire you to keep up your fitness programmes and stay healthy over Christmas. I’d love to hear if you have any fitness traditions as a family, or what you do over Christmas in order to stay fit and healthy, let me know! Thanks for reading, I’ve got a blog post coming soon about healthy snacks over Christmas too. Have a great night!!