The Oxford Street Lights are on and it’s getting dark before 5pm which means one thing… its nearly Christmas and the countdown is on! 45 days to get your body ready for all that food and drink you’re going to inhale. There’s no time like the present, so we’ve come up with a pre-Christmas detox programme before the party season starts just for you.
Here are our 5 tips to staying healthy in the run up to Christmas:
1. Fitness Consultation
Book a free fitness consultation with one of our expert trainers to provide some friendly advice on your fitness schedule. You can learn a new way of working out, add some variety to your workout, train in a way that is specific to your needs or even if you just want to have fun.
Benefits of a consultation:
- Learn the fastest and most effective way to reach your goals before Christmas
- Plan how often you will need to workout and how to fit it into your busy schedule
- Discover what type of workouts should be in your training program
- Understand what foods to eat and when to eat
You can book a fitness consultation over the phone or meet an expert trainer in person. All of our trainers are flexible and are able to come to a location of your choice.
2. Bank Up On Sleep & Energy
The best time to detox is in a relaxed, rested state, both physically and mentally to allow the body time to efficiently handle the process of cleansing. Don’t wait for a holiday or the weekend. Do something simple every single day that’s relaxing and quiet, for example: meditation, writing in a journal, gardening, painting, swimming or walking. This will prepare your body for the very loud Christmas/New Year week you’re going to get yourself into.
3. Prepare Your Liver
We all know that alcohol is on the cards so one way of cleansing your liver is to drink hot water and lemon (or lime) every morning. Lemons contain natural chemicals that help clean out the liver so try and keep this going throughout the Christmas period. It’s simple and easy and can be done at work or at home! You can even add grated fresh ginger to improve digestion after all that food or add one teaspoon of Manuka honey to enhance your immune system (you might need that push on New Year’s Day). Aim for 1 ½ to 2 litres of pure water a day.
4. Cut Back On Dairy Foods And Double The Veggies And Protein
No one wants to be bloated BEFORE Christmas so why not try avoiding heavy meat dishes and replace with fish, eggs and vegetarian sources of protein such as tofu, quorn, quinoa, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds. Your body actually finds it hard to digest dairy products originating from cows so you can replace these with goat products, coconut, soya or nut milks. We’ve given it a go and our digestive systems are feeling as strong as ever! No more lying awake at night and trying to pass time by counting sheep.
Remove all stimulants from your diet in the month leading up to Christmas such as tea, coffee, chocolate, alcohol and fizzy/energy drinks! You’re going to be sick of these by the end of December, so you might as well cut these out now. Instead, enjoy a nice salad or bowl of fruit which will make you feel light and healthy!
Ever heard of the 80/20 rule? Limit yourself in the next few weeks by consuming 80% healthy foods and drinks so during Christmas and New Year you can indulge on that 20% you saved up with chocolate and alcohol!
And remember… TruBe are here to help you! After all those family feasts we can come to your house, or if you’re energetic enough to meet us in a gym or the park we can do that too and we’ll get your six-pack body back in no time!