Last week I kicked off my Christmas series articles which I hope will give you some smart ideas and tips for over the festive season.The main emphasis with these articles is to pass on the message for you to have balance over these next few weeks ahead.Like I said last week the main priority over the Christmas period is to enjoy yourself switching off ,relaxing,and spending good quality time with family and friends.It should be a time of the year where you should bring in some amount of control that’s if you do want to hold onto all the progress with your health and fitness goals that you gained in 2017
Here are my 5 healthy habits that you can bring in over the month of December that should keep you on track over the festive season.
Look after your mental fitness
Christmas is a great time of the year for most.As they say ‘tis the season to be jolly’ however its a time of the year where we can all stress a little too much over silly things.Around this time of the year I have seen Christmas bring on stress, fatigue, burnout and so on.Overspending,shopping,nights out,crowds of people,traffic and so on can all be at the height of it all at Christmas.All this stress built up can really effect our health and wellbeing with time. My advice is to not let this time of the year suck you up and trample your stress levels so try bring in a couple of different ways that might just help to control that stressful environment.Physical fitness is very important but how you train and look after your mind is just as, if not more, important.Over the festive season allow some time to work on your mindset.A healthy mind helps a healthy body. Doing things that help the brain slow down, de-stress and unwind are vital and this could be anything like doing some yoga,meditation or even a 15 minute home workout.
Start your day strong
In last weeks article I mentioned making a plan and aiming to get your exercise routine out of the way first thing in the morning if possible.On top of that I would encourage people to start the day with a healthy kick. Let’s be honest, most of us get through the entire Christmas period without eating much fruit.It just doesn’t really feature on the Christmas menu. But at this time of late nights, overindulging and partying, it’s more important than ever to stock up on your vitamins and minerals to help you stay in good health.This could be anything like a fresh healthy smoothie,a multivitamin or even just a pint of water.
Make some of your own snacks
Its a time of the year where we might have a little more extra time on our hands around the house on the 24th,25th and 26th of December.I am always encouraging my clients to try make their own healthy snacks just like my famous Christmas chocolate slab below.Sure its time to open the celebrations,the roses or even the cadburys but perhaps try get creative in the kitchen baking some raw ingredient,real food healthy snacks to nibble on over the Christmas boxset. If you want to go ahead and make this simply chocolate Christmas slab then go read this 8 step easy approach to make the best chocolate snack
Control the controllable and don’t go overboard
This is easier said than done for most but it is important.There are going to be parties and get-together’s almost every night over the festive break for many. And for most Irish people social gatherings tend to involve alcohol.Now is the time of the year where you should enjoy yourself but pick and choose the gatherings you go to — you don’t need to be attending every social event.If you do find yourself drinking a lot my goal is to go with the drink you truly enjoy for one or two and then keep it in moderation.On top of that, try keep to clearer spirits, avoiding sweet mixers and too many dark beers.Simple tips that we all should know are also very helpful. Eating a well-balanced meal with carbs, proteins and fats before your night out, and drinking plenty of water on the day and in between drinks, will always help you out.
Clear the head
After a late night of festive cheer try get out and clear the head the day after.This could be anything like a 60 minute walk that will help you dust off the cobwebs and get back into that fresh headed routine again.With the silly season fast approaching, I have aimed at getting a Sunday morning workout in. December Saturday nights can be full of good things like nights out, Christmas parties and catch-ups with family and friends so the last few Saturday nights I have found myself holding out for the December nights and getting a light sweat on Sunday mornings.I am huge fan of bringing workouts outside so I’ve put together some routines that you can do outdoors with little or no equipment. Like I’ve said before, you don’t need the best, most up-to-date equipment or gym to perform an effective workout.If you want to sweat it out a little more instead of walk then go try these 3 short and effective outdoor workouts
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