12 Steps to not letting Xmas ruin your health/fitness goals

I’m confused! I know I’m weird, and like to exercise like all the time, but surely xmas is just one day? Its like a weekend day with presents, an excuse to properly chill out, and enjoy time with loved ones. Why on earth are most people worried about the weight gain, and trying to loose […]

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I’m confused!

I know I’m weird, and like to exercise like all the time, but surely xmas is just one day? Its like a weekend day with presents, an excuse to properly chill out, and enjoy time with loved ones.

Why on earth are most people worried about the weight gain, and trying to loose the weight now because “I will put it on over xmas.”

I will tell you why…

  1. Most people cant say “no” to the extra chocolates, drinks and sweet treats available due to willpower.
  2. They see xmas as an excuse to eat more, not exercise and therefore ‘allow’ themselves the weight gain. This leads to yoyo dieting and weight loss that over years is not healthy at all, leading to changes in health and body composition.
  3. People think xmas is a good excuse to stop exercising.
  4. People think that in January they will loose the weight quickly that they have put on, forgetting they have lost their fitness and now weigh more so its going to be harder.
  5. People think they do not have time to cook health meals with the build up to xmas
  6. People think they do not have time to exercise with the build up to xmas

Let me put things straight and try to change the way we all look at it.

Xmas is the 25th December, we all know that, and boxing day is usually a chilled day or visiting family. That’s two days. One main meal on Christmas day which is technically a posh roast dinner. A few turkey sandwiches in the evening and boxing day is left overs. Why do we have to eat so much that we burst and feel sluggish and eat all the chocolates in sight because of the date? You wouldn’t necessarily do it on a Saturday or Sunday? If you do then you need my help.

 

Here is how you can make Xmas an enjoyable healthy experience and limit the treats and keep healthy.

  1. Limit the amount of mash or roast potatoes of your Xmas dinner.
  2. Go steady on fatty meats and try to eat more lean meats like turkey breast.
  3. Say no to puddings and calorific treats like mince pies.
  4. Try to limit the sausages wrapped In bacon…. you can have 1 or 2 but not 4 or 6.
  5. Limit the alcohol to a drink or two not a bottle or two.
  6. Have salad in the house to have salad and turkey sandwich or just a turkey salad.
  7. Keep the treats away in the cupboard and try not to snack on them when cooking.
  8. Exercise each day leading up to xmas and just have xmas day off and maybe boxing day.
  9. Try to take a walk after or before lunch with the family, itsĀ a good way to keep active and still be with one another.
  10. Do exercises at home if you cannot get to the gym. If you need help with this please ask.
  11. Pure gym is open all over xmas its also 24 hours so no excuses.
  12. Don’t restrict all bad foods instead enjoy them in moderation. If still exercising you should be able to enjoy xmas without ruining your goals.

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