The holiday season has landed and with Christmas around the corner, it’s certainly the most wonderful time of the year.
Winter, when the parties are in full swing, a chill is in the air and mulled wine and mince pies are in never ending supply, it’s no wonder many people are easily sidetracked from their fitness and nutrition goals. By the time January rolls around, that all too familiar sluggish feeling and few extra pounds hits us like a ton of bricks.This is one of many reasons not to toss away the daily routine in favour of overindulging. Maintaining a regular schedule will not only keep you on the straight and narrow, but, as mountains of research has revealed, will help promote optimal equilibrium in the mind and body. With a change of mindset, we can look at the holidays as a welcome opportunity to spend time on your personal goals.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the holidays:
Set boundaries, and stick to them.
The holidays may be an excuse to have fun, but they shouldn’t be an excuse to let the diet pendulum to the extreme. Setting goals, writing them down and visualising your boundaries, especially during difficult situations where food is in copious amounts, is vital for keeping our calories intake under control. Perhaps it’s avoiding sweet trays at Christmas parties, skipping alcohol on nights out or adding an additional training session to your workouts – your goal is to practice self-discipline and meet your self-expectations. That feeling of achievement is worth it every time.
On the subject of alcohol…
It’s a time to be merry and celebrate the festivities whilst being mindful of the effects of consuming high volumes of alcohol. With one large glass of wine amounting to 185 calories and a pint of beer at over 200 calories, a few drinks go a long way in contributing to the daily calorie intake. Worst of all, studies have shown the possible added side effect of increased appetite and cravings from alcoholic beverages. Avoid the downward spiral by reining in the drinking and soaking up the festive fun and spirit instead.
Maintain an exercise schedule.
During the holidays, with more time on our hands, there is a tendency to move less and lounge more, resulting in fatigue. Combat this by making a conscious effort to move the body more throughout the day. TruBe trainers remain and the great outdoors awaits, so breathe in the fresh air as you are guided towards your goals with simple movements inspired by all things festive.
Crunched for time? Try this no equipment, no fuss, at-home 30 minute workout to fire up the muscles and get the heart rate up.
HIIT (3 rounds, 40 seconds on/20 seconds off)
- Mountain climbers
- Alternating lunge kicks
- Push ups with shoulder taps
- Jump squats