Be Ready For Christmas Party!
Be Ready For Christmas Party! As we gear up for the Christmas party season, there is much to look forward to, rich food, plenty of plonk, late nights with friends. It’s the same every year, and come boxing day, the buttons on our jeans will be creaking with the strain. We know this is going to happen, and yet we still wait until the New Year to do anything about it.
We’ve all heard the phrase prevention is better than cure, so with that in mind, here are my top tips on holding your health and fitness together at this indulgent time of year.
Look ahead for hot spots
At the beginning of every week, look at your calendar, and work out where the hot spots are. These are the days when you know you won’t be able to fit in any exercise, and when you will be eating heavy food. Maybe you have a work lunch, or an evening function. If you know when these days are, you will also be able to make sure you eat lighter meals, and get in the exercise you need in other parts of the week. By looking ahead and balancing out the unhealthy parts of the week, by creating especially healthy days, you’ll be in control of your overall calorific intake and fitness.
Hydrate for nights out
We all know that alcohol dehydrates us, and that drinking water is really important to lessen the effects of a night out. Where we often go wrong is to start drinking water too late. In order to hydrate our bodies, we should be drinking water 24 hours before the event. Ideally, we should stay hydrated at all times. If you want to stay on top of your fitness this Christmas, bouncing back quickly after a night out is really important. So remember the 24 hours hydration rule.
Focus on weight training
If you’re short on time to complete work out routines during the holiday period, then focus on resistance and weight training, even at the expense of cardio. Unlike fat, muscle is active tissue and uses energy even when you are not active yourself. So, the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn.
It might be tempting to sit in front of the TV watching Christmas specials, especially when everyone else is. However, if you stay active by washing up, walking the dog, or playing with the kids etc. you’ll burn more calories and feel better as a result.