Christmas is a time to relax, enjoy time with friends and family, eat delicious food, and drink a bit more than usual. It often happens that exercise goes out the window but there are ways to stay healthy while enjoying the festive season.
1. Do something rather than nothing
Your routine may be different, and you might be more limited in time than usual, but your attitude should be to look at what you can do rather than doing nothing at all. Always try to get your body moving in some way every day, even if it is just a 20-minute workout. Blasting some music in the kitchen and dancing for 20 minutes or a going for a walk outside are fun and easy ways to increase your daily energy expenditure and keep your mental health in check.
2. Don’t wait for the new year
You hear it all the time that people want a “fresh start” come January 1st – but why wait? Start incorporating those better habits now and set yourself up for success. Small changes you can stick to consistently over time will make the biggest difference. So, enjoy the festive period, but stay active, keep up healthy habits and it will allow you to continue to work towards your goals in the process. You will be in a much healthier and happier position come January 1st to push on to your New Year fitness goals as a result.
3. Use online resources
There are plenty of online 15 and 20-minutes workouts that you can do in the comfort of your home. A short high intensity interval training will get your blood flowing, your heart pumping and will make you feel energized. YouTube is a great resource for workout videos for all levels of fitness, simply search for “high intensity home workout for beginners/intermediate/advance” and you are ready to roll!
4. Get outside
Walking is, in my opinion, totally underrated. It is simple and easy, it gets us outside and exposes us to vitamin D (much needed in the winter), it helps regulate our mental health, it reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and it can be done while catching up with friends and family. Going out for a walk first thing in the morning is a great way to set a positive note for the day.
5. Get your family involved
If you have a big family, or children who are full of energy, get them involved too! Including your friends and family is a great way to stay accountable during the festive period and just stay more active in general. So, turn off the TV and video games and instead plan activities such as hiking, ice skating, football or cycling that you can do together as a group. This is a great way to spend time with loved ones and get all the benefits of exercise.