Getting through the festive season

It’s hard enough to keep away from temptation throughout the year without the barrage of office parties and Christmas drinks with friends and family over the coming few weeks. Like we needed an excuse before!

So how do you get through December and January without undoing all the good work you’ve done all year?

Here’s a couple of helpful tips to keep you focused on your training while still enjoying the odd festive drink with friends.

  1. Keep the fluids up. Not the alcoholic fluids!! My guess is you’ll do that anyway. I mean keep yourself hydrated with regular glasses of water each day. How much water should you be drinking? Use this equation as your guide to your daily water intake… Your weight x 0.0333. (e.g. 75kgs x 0.0333 = 2.5litres)
  2. Portion Control. If your Mum is anything like mine, your Christmas dinner plate will resemble that of a person looking as though they haven’t had a good feed in Months. Despite a Mum’s desire to feed you like it’s the last meal you’ll ever eat, try to encourage her to serve up a little less Christmas turkey on your plate. Or serve it up yourself. And I’m not just limiting this to Christmas Day. There’s left overs on Boxing Day, New Years day, the day you catch up with the relatives you missed out on seeing Christmas Day. Plenty of opportunities to go a little easier on the meal sizes.
  3. Get some exercise in. Christmas is a time to spend with family and for some this may mean traveling interstate or overseas as you head back home. As a result your daily routine will change so those 6am trips to the gym will be put on hold, at least for the short term. Don’t stress! If you’re planning on taking an extended holiday away from your normal surroundings (maybe 3+ weeks) pack your gym gear and go for a run. Make sure it’s a light run. Take the time to enjoy it. Remember, you’re on holidays!

Last but not least, remember this ‘maintenance is progress’. If you get through to the end of January and you haven’t put on any extra weight and managed to maintain your current fitness levels, consider it a win!