Keep your exercise on track. If you are off work and away from home, your daily routine changes and it is very easy to fall out of the habit of regular exercise. Try and make exercise a daily habit. Don’t think of it as chore that will take up hours of your day, it can be 20 mins or less. If you do some exercise first thing in the morning you will be starting your day off on a positive note. You are then more likely to make better food choices and be more active throughout the day. Pick activities you like to do. Maybe try out some new activities like: paddle boarding, surfing, mountain biking, hiking etc..
Set some weekly challenges. This could be something like-
In a week do:
- 500 squats
- 500 pushups
- 500 sit ups
You can divide this up anyway you choose. You can even spread them out during the day. If you miss a day then you’ll need to make it up the next day.
I will be posting some of the workouts I am doing while on holidays over Christmas. Keep an eye on the SPK Facebook page for these workouts: SPK Facebook Page
This is habit that should be adhered to all year round. Eat until you no longer feel hungry, not stuffed. You should feel light after the meal and like you could do some easy exercise, not like you need a nap. There are multiple benefits from this including: improved digestion, energy levels, and weight loss due to less calories consumed. For more information on this habit: Eat Slowly and Stop at 80% Full
Eating lean meats, fruit and vegetables means you will be filling up on low calorie, nutrient dense foods. These foods help keep you feeling full for longer. And they ensure you are topped up with all the vitmains and nutrients your body needs
These tend to be pretty unhealthy, and it is very easy to over eat when you are picking at them and having a few drinks at the same time. Stay away from the sausage rolls, fried chips, dim sims, spring rolls etc… Some healthy options are:
- Chicken skewers (avoid the sauces if possible, they tend to be full of sugar)
- Vegetable sticks and hummus
If you are going to a party and you know there is going to be lots of unhealthy food on offer, eat a healthy meal before going. Fill up on some steamed vegetables. Then there will be a lot less temptation to keep reaching for the junk at the buffet.
Stay away from sugary cocktails, juices and soft drinks. I am not saying to cant enjoy a drink, just stick to good quality beers, wines and spirits. But don’t go crazy on them. Remember to drink plenty of water in between drinks.
If you are trying to be good at all these parties and functions, you are going to feel like you are missing and there is a greater chance of breaking and going on a bender. Pick one or two days where you can have all your favourite treats. This works as a sort of a light at the end of the tunnel for the days when you may be struggling to stay away from the unhealthy foods.
Above all else, remember to have a great time! Spend quality time with your family & friends. Try and be healthy, but if you do stray off this path then don't beat yourself. Just get back on track at the next meal. Happy Christmas!
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