January is usually renowned for the phrase "I ate too much during Christmas!”.
Now, if you are content with gaining a couple of kilos or more in the coming weeks, then maybe this post is not for you.
However, if you are aiming for a better version of yourself then the next five minutes you will spend reading this can be decisive with respect to your approach towards your health and fitness during this festive season.
Technically the festive days are 24th, 25th, 31st, and 1st, not a whole month, and during these 4 days there is no special ‘Medical or Health Greenlight’ just because it's ‘The festive season’.
So here are our Top 10 Picks that will help you during these jolly times.
1. Don’t give yourself a Christmas stuffing!
Recent research suggests that we consume around 3000 calories in our Christmas dinner. More than the recommended daily intake for a grown man. Instead of gorging yourself on Christmas dinner, eat a normal portion, and then take a 20 minutes break to see if you are still hungry. It takes this long for the brain to register that the stomach is full. The chances are, you'll realize you've had enough.
2. Keep colds at bay.
Colds are rife at Christmas, partly because many of us travel around, exposing ourselves and others to different cold viruses. Minimize your risk by maintaining a healthy immune system (eat a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and not smoking will help).
3. Don't stress.
We mentioned this in previous blogs but can't get over it enough... This is the season to be jolly, but jolly is the last thing many of us feel over spending, cooking, cleaning, endless " to do" lists, and visitors we could do without. Try to keep a sense of humour and proportion.
4. Make smart drink choices.
At this time of year, it's also important to watch your alcohol intake. Alcohol tends to stimulate your appetite and lower your resolve for less than ideal food choices. Alternate your alcoholic drinks with a glass of water.
5. Realise that you don't have an extra platoon of soldiers in your body.
On the 25th of December realize that it's going to be business as usual for your internal organs and digestive system. There is not going to be an extra platoon of soldiers standing by in your body to intervene just because it's Christmas. So stick to the usual eating patterns if you have any. Make a balanced and healthy breakfast, include some fruit and healthy protein.
6. Set Goals for Yourself!
The level of your goals is in direct proportion to the level of your attitude. Set realistic goals and stick to them. For example: before attending to an occasion know how many drinks you are going to consume and what type. Be specific. Your goal is to be mindful and respectful to yourself
7. Exercise. Whatever that means to you.
Keep on track with your normal exercise routine. Make it a priority more than ever at this time of year. If you are not active and you do not exercise, take advantage of the "low season factor in the Fitness industry" and start your new year's resolutions early - Sign up with a trainer. At this time you can benefit from caring for yourself by giving your body extra attention and set yourself up with a better schedule.
8. Remove temptations at home.
This is one of the most common tricky situations. Friends and relatives commonly deliver sweets and treats during this time of year and while we genuinely appreciate the gesture of kindness, keeping and eating all the treats delivered to you doesn't do you any good.
9. Don't be afraid to say "No thank you"
This is such a simple one and can make a huge difference.
10. Ditch your comfortable pants
Loose-fitting clothes make it easier to overeat. Wear form-fitting garments that let you know you're overdoing it.
This blog was quite a long nudge, but we strongly feel that it's appropriate. Considering January’s renowned phrase, it's definitely justified.
Always remember that YOUR health is up to YOU! So brunch out this year, and give yourself the healthy makeover you deserve.
Stay safe and enjoy!
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