Stay on track over the festive period
Christmas is that time of the year where even the most disciplined of people can lost track of their progress. To help you stay on track without missing out on all the festive fun, we’ve gathered 5 tips from our athletes that helps them stay on track and still enjoy time with family and friends.
- Swap out calorie intensive drinks for diet or low calorie alternatives! It is really easy to consume hidden calories over Christmas and one of the biggest culprits is the calories you drink without even knowing it! Find low calorie or diet alternatives to keep a lid on your consumption of calories without having to feel like you are missing out...
- Get out early... Most people will enjoy a lie in bed over Christmas and some people won't even surface until it's time for Christmas dinner! Use that time when everyone else is asleep to get ahead of the day and get some good fitness work in: schedule in an early gym session, or even get out on the road to get a good run in... Remember, the only workout you regret is the one you didn't do!
- Do your Pre-hab! Now this isn't to do with injury prevention, more like damage limitation... We all know that the Christmas holiday will make it harder to stay on track with both your diet and training and... that's OK! One way to counter act this is to get all your work done BEFORE Christmas! Make sure you have a great week of training under your belt and that your diet is on point in the run up to your time off: if you run into the festive period with credit in the bank, you can relax a little bit more knowing that you have already worked your body to the max and are just enjoying some much needed recovery!
- Drink Plenty Of Water - Hydration is one of the most important things! Over the holidays an increase in food and drink will leave you feeling sluggish so stay on track by drinking at least 2-3 litres of water a day.
- Ditch the Festive Coffees - I hate to say it but a Gingerbread Latte or a Hot Chocolate with extra whipped cream can clock up your calories big time. Drinking a festive drink every day in December can add on about 3-4 pounds extra weight in January. Drink wisely!