12 Days of Christmas tips

IMG_2797Throughout the year we work at keeping to routine, exercising regularly and making appropriate food choices.  During the festive season there are many temptations and we can ‘undone’ much of our years good work.


Here are tips to help you ‘maintain your gains’ during the month of December.

  1. Stay Active– Staying Active over the silly season is a great way to stay on top of your goals. Your body doesn’t know what time of year it is, so keep exercising, you will be happier and healthier for it.
  1. Keep Hydrated– In between the Christmas cheer make a deliberate attempt to drink water.Not only will this help to keep you hydrated but increase your ability to get the most out of your muscles during the next workout you do.
  1. Enjoy– Allow yourself to enjoy your Christmas lunch and or dinner. This shouldn’t be a stressful time for you if you are focused on weight loss.  Enjoy your food on Christmas Day, just don’t continue on the ‘merriness’ of it for days afterwards.
  1. To say ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.Lao Tzu.

Think for a moment about the things you domake time for… your health and quality of life can be scheduled in somewhere.

  1. Short Term Goals– Set yourself some. Make them SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
  1. Plan Ahead– If you are travelling during the festive season, eat something before you go to avoid stopping for fast food. Take a bottle of water in the car with you so you can hydrate as you go.
  1. Set Realistic Plans– Make time for yourself. Cramping too much in can stress and drain you.
  1. Suggest Healthy alternatives as gifts– If someone asks you what they can buy you for Christmas, why not suggest a walk along the beach instead, a swim at the pool.
  1. This is OK– If you receive that box of chocolates, re-gift them…this is ok…or share them with your visitors.
  1. Be Mindful– Eating for the sake of eating is something we do often. Especially in times of celebration.  Be mindful of the amount of food you are eating and when you are eating it.  Ask yourself . . . am I hungry?
  1. Book a Personal training session– Whether it be for a program up date to start the New Year or to ensure you do some exercise in the break. It is a great way to stay strong.
  1. The best thing about time is that it comes one day at a time– Abraham Lincoln – We can achieve the most amazing goals if we take things a step at a time.

Fran Sullivan

Master Personal Trainer

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