Festive Fitness Tips!
At Christmas, we are surrounded by treats, big meals, parties, alcohol…the list goes on. Here are a few survival tips from Kirsty Ellson, a Personal Trainer based at Chapel Spa, Cheltenham and The Personal Training Studio, Cheltenham.
- Eat Breakfast!
Firstly, don’t let yourself get hungry and be tempted to snack on the endless chocolates at this time of year in your work place. If you have fuelled yourself with a healthy breakfast such as wholegrain cereal or porridge or perhaps a boiled egg, you will be less tempted to graze throughout the day.
It is recommended to drink 2 litres of waters a day! Do you do this? Try this and you will feel more energised. Our body needs water to function properly and avoid dehydration. Try to have a drinks bottle at work to encourage you to drink enough water. Being hydrated will also reduce the feeling of wanting to snack, as a lot of the time hunger is mistaken for thirst.
- Be Active Daily!
As hard as it is, try to maintain an exercise routine throughout the festive period. It may be that you have to make a slight change in your routine to early morning workouts? Or if you don’t have a routine at the moment, then this is a great time of year for New Years resolutions to improve your fitness – start now with some ‘smart’ walks (depending on your current fitness level). 30 minutes of daily activity will keep you feeling energised to enjoy some festive cheer! Contact Kirsty for some personal advice on how you can either change routines or to start a new routine!
- Healthy Balanced Meals…or as much as you can!
Try not to skip meals, but have three healthy meals a day. Visit your local farm shop and stock up on some seasonal fruit and vegetables for a great source of nutrients to keep you feeling ‘tip top’. Keep a food diary to record what you are eating.
- Festive Drinks
Choose your drinks wisely! The daily unit guidelines for alcohol is 3-4 units for men (equivalent to a pint and a half of 4% beer) and 2-3 units of alcohol for women (equivalent to a 175 ml glass of wine). Try to drink water or a soft drink in between alcoholic drinks to limit the alcohol you drink and if drinking at home use a home measure when pouring drinks! Also, think about the foods you crave when drinking…make sure you have some healthy snacks on hand (nuts, vegetable sticks, tomato based dips).
- Enjoy the outdoors!
Encourage friends and family to have a walk as part of the social gathering. It is a great way to have a break in between courses of a meal or perhaps to ‘walk off’ a heavy lunch. We have some beautiful walks in our area.
Contact Kirsty for more personal tips and support for the Christmas festive period 🙂
07787 406 552