Its the week before Christmas and by now I hope you are in full swing with Christmas parties,late nights,sore heads and perhaps even running around picking up last minute gift ideas.If you are still stuck then go check out last weeks article where I gave you my top 10 fitness gifts this Christmas
Over these last few weeks I have stuck with the Christmas theme and each week I have given you my top tips from quick effective workouts to squeeze in,gift ideas, along with a quick checklist to keep you ticking over the festive season,The biggest message I want to pass out in these Christmas articles is yes enjoy yourself firstly but if you are someone who wants to get off the ground running into a fit and healthy 2018 then you should bring in a bit of balance over this period.Sure,the main priority should be to enjoy yourself with good food and drink and use the holidays to switch off and spend quality time with family and friends however I am big believer that you can do still a bit over this festive season to keep you ticking over.
With the week that’s in it I am sure you have a big night out planned-Heck you might have 2 or 3 big nights planned!So what I decided to do this week is to give you a quick list of tips and advice on how you can maintain and look after your health,fitness and wellbeing over this particular party week!Generally speaking this is the week we are going to be drinking alcohol,nice food (which generally are a lot more in calories) perhaps getting less sleep and a little less exercise (unless you are planning on lighting the dance floor up)
So this week I am giving you some tips that should be able to help you out over these next few days and perhaps they can keep you that little bit fresher on your feet!
Eat before you drink
Drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea.If you eat before ingesting alcohol, your body will thank you later on.On the day of some festive cheer before a night out planned make sure you eat something that is slow digesting which also has a good source of protein and slow digesting carbohydrate.This helps slow down the rate at which food leaves the stomach. The longer food stays in your stomach, the slower the alcohol gets absorbed into your bloodstream.A quick example here could be a dish serving some sweet potato and chicken/beef or perhaps some salmon and avocado with brown bread or wrap.
Avoid fizzy mixers or sweet alcoholic drinks
The list is endless now on what alcohol to go with and the most common question I always get is “What is the best choice of alcohol or drink to have on a night out?” My best advice is always to try and avoid fizzy mixers and sweet alcoholic beverages.OK, it is Christmas after all and you need to enjoy yourself and perhaps you should just go with one or two of your true favorites and then keep it in moderation. However, the best choice I say is sticking to lighter beers and clearer spirits.As well as that drinking plenty of water on the day and in between drinks, will always help you out.
The take away home
I will admit,this is my downfall too at times and no doubt a lot of us have fallen into this bracket.At the end of the night this is a very easy way of picking up an extra 1,000 calories that you’ll barely remember!If you are someone who has a few parties on the town lined up this Christmas then my best advice is to try and steer clear away from this habit as much as you can and have some food already planned before you head out so when you head home it will keep you away from those late night greasy calories.On top of that when you do return home my best advise is to get a glass of water and start the hydration process!
The morning after
We have all been there.Its a tough task and can be tough 24 hours ahead for most of us.A lot of these tips can be easier said than done but I find if you can manage to bring yourself to get these done then this will help you get back up and running again.Upon awakening you should be looking to re-hydrate and stabilsise your blood sugar levels.Some fluids that have electrolytes,some water and a little bit of a cordial mix or even a dioralyte will help you out here.Soon after,the best step is to seek out food that is going to help you bring down the inflammatory responses in your body after a heavy night out.Of course for a lot of us the first food port of call generally involves a Christmas fry or even the turkey leftovers.However if you can start the day with a super smoothie that really can be a great choice to get you back up and motoring again.
Get out and move (even just a little bit)
I know its hard!We have all been there before and the last thing we want to do after a night out is move and exercise the next day.What we generally do is stick on the netflix and park ourselves in front of the couch for the next 5 hours.My advise here is yes stick to some netflix but try and give yourself 30 minutes to do some form of physical activity.This will help everything from clearing out those toxins,getting blood flow around the body again and overall just help you come back around to normallity. I had a big night out last Saturday and didn’t want to do much on the Sunday but I did and this is what I did below.
I’d like to finish this short article by wishing you a very happy Christmas.
I appreciate you reading my blog and taking an interest in my content and I look forward to continuing to help you out with advice in 2018
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