Now we all know that once summer is over, and Christmas is approaching we tend to kind of hibernate and forget about all of the positive healthy vibes we’ve been giving off. All the gym classes we’ve been attending, kale smoothies we’ve been drinking all go down the drain and operation Christmas binge eating commences. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love the Christmas parties and buffets that are constantly provided over Christmas time. I absolutely love our Christmas Eve night round my mams house where she cuts the turkey and we all have loads of hot sandwiches and unlimited cheeseboards. But should we really let our healthy, motivated selves slip into the rut and undo all of the hard work we have done over the summer? Here we have some top tips on how to keep yourself fit and healthy throughout the winter period.
Leaving the house to do exercise on a freezing cold, pitch black morning is never the most enjoyable thing to do. De-icing your car just to go run around the gym like a lunatic isn’t exactly something that everyone wants to get out of bed 2 hours earlier for. However, just because the cold, dark mornings are almost upon us, that doesn’t mean our workout routines should come to a standstill. There are lots of home workout DVDs available to buy which are great if you want to stay fit and stay indoors. There are so many celebs now who have brought out their own workout DVDs, and this means you’re in the comfort of your own home. If you’re like me and make zero effort with your appearance when going to the gym then this is perfect for you. You can even stay in your pajarmas if you wish! YouTube is also great for this kind of thing, there are lots of yoga and meditation videos you can do, just grab yourself a yoga mat from the shops and you’re all good to go.
I know it is hard to stick with your cooking habits over the festive period. I do tend to cook every night, always from scratch but when I’m off work this tends to go out of the window. It is so easy to just order in a takeaway or eat out all of the time, but this won’t be the nutritional balance you need from your meals. A good way to make sure you don’t eat badly over the winter period is to meal prep. This way if you have a fridge or freezer filled with healthy meals which you’ve cooked then you don’t have an excuse to why you should order in food. The odd few meals out won’t hurt you, but with all of the Christmas sweets and chocolate you tend to have, you don’t want to make it worse by having unhealthy meals on top of this. Making a big batch of soup is a great idea to keep organised and stick to the healthy eating. You can make a large pan full and freeze whatever you don’t want to eat straight away so you can keep it for longer.
Avoid Skipping Breakfast
When off work over the festive period and probably sleeping in until midday it is easy to skip breakfast. Waking up at 12pm and It is said that eating breakfast can reduce high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Eating breakfast can kick start your metabolism and give you that boost of energy you need to go ahead with your day. Even if you have planned a delicious lunch it would still be better for you to have even a light breakfast to set you up for the day. Regularly skipping breakfast can make you more susceptible to weight gain and after your dedication over the summer months, this is not what you will want.
If you struggle to stay strong with these tips there are other ways you can maintain your weight over the winter period. Independent Pharmacy can supply you with weight loss tablets if you find this an easier way. However, taking these capsules wouldn’t be an excuse for you to over eat and drink but will help you enjoy the festive time without the worry of the dreaded Christmas bulge.
What tips do you have for keeping healthy over the winter months?