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Posted on: Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
So, this is Christmas with festive treats tempting us at every turn. Office Christmas parties, family get-togethers and those ‘drop in for a Christmas drink’ invites provide ample opportunities for overindulging when it comes to food and drink.
Bit by bit and morsel by morsel, the weight can creep up over this festive period, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A little care can mean you don’t have to pile on the pounds over Christmas, but you don’t have to totally deprive yourself of delicious goodies either.
Given that there are more temptations over Christmas, dieting might not be as easy as at other times of the year, so don’t be too hard on yourself, but at the same time you don’t actually have to eat everything on the buffet table. When you are at a Christmas event, simple strategies will help you stay on a healthy eating track. Make sure you are not too hungry before the meal, so that you are less likely to overeat. Don’t graze along the buffet table. Put a moderate amount of food on your plate and move away from the table, so you don’t constantly pick. When choosing what food to eat perhaps you could forego some of the high calorie options or at least limit portion size and don’t have second helpings. Recognising when you are full and knowing that that is when you should stop eating is a key factor in preventing weight gain.
It is hard to resist all those treats and a great way of balancing overindulgence is exercise. If you already exercise regularly, don’t stop just because it’s the festive season. You may not actually want to do a full body work out on Christmas Day itself, but do stick to your regular exercise regime to maximise your feelings of well-being over the festive holiday. Human beings have evolved to move, not to sit in front of the telly after gorging on a turkey lunch, Christmas pudding and those adorable soft centred chocolates! Of course, occasionally it can be great to have a few high calorie treats and there is much pressure at Christmas to do so, but a way of limiting the negative effects of overeating can be achieved through exercise.
Christmas is normally a busy time for people, so it can be difficult to find opportunities to exercise. Your Personal Trainer will be able to create a routine that you can squeeze into your busy Christmas schedule and you can grab unexpected chances to be physically active when you can. Dance your festive socks off at the Christmas party. It’s a fantastic way of having a workout whilst enjoying the seasonal fun. If you are Christmas shopping, use the stairs instead of an escalator or lift. Park the car further away than you would normally to give your-self a chance to walk. In fact, walk as often as you can. Follow meals with a brisk walk and ask your relatives or friends to join you this Christmas. Exercise is a wonderful way of reducing stress and it can be an activity that loved ones can enjoy with you. Stroll through suburbs with family and friends to see Christmas lights and decorations.
Many Christmas activities are designed around children and you can share the fun with them by joining in with games. Musical bumps, hide and seek and ball games all require physical activity and both you and the kids will hardly notice you are actually working out. Whatever you do this Christmas, enjoy it!