SET REALISTIC GOALS
Stay firm to your exercise routine over the festive season so you do not compromise on “progress.”. If you know it will be difficult to stick to your current exercise routine, set more realistic goals. Doing less is better than not doing at all.
SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUT
If you have little time during the Christmas season, schedule a session with your personal trainer to maximize your workout window. In any exercise you choose, there are many ways to get more benefit in a shorter amount of time. Be consistent with your cardio workout as well as it will help to improve your overall heart health.
Don’t adopt an “all or nothing” approach. You’re not expected to be “perfect” with your nutrition and training, but you don’t want to throw it out the window completely either. Take some time to plan your nutrition for the day and don’t use food as a reward. It should only be used to provide fuel for your body.
You can stay in shape during the festive season by following a good fitness regime, but the best way to do so is to combine regular exercise with a balanced diet. Don’t forget to include healthy ingredients with your festive meals. Although it’s okay to indulge a little, you should also include plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Get your fill of leafy greens, like Brussels sprouts and cabbage; this can help you maintain energy levels and give you a healthy festive glow.
BEING SMART ABOUT WORKOUTS
Do not try to compensate for indulging in festive goodies by getting extra sessions in the gym to “burn” more. The act of exercising to compensate for the food you eat sends the message that “food must be earned” or “exercise is your punishment.” Basically, compensatory exercises are ineffective and can even have a detrimental effect on your body.