End of year holidays are closing in and for most of us, this means rich food, yummy drinks and probably a few hangovers that you didn't include as part of your fitness goals.
Letting your hair down over the silly season isn’t a bad thing – it’s been a long year, you deserve some downtime – but this year why not do things a little differently, so that you don't have to give up on your fitness goals!
Here are a few little tricks that can help you avoid that seasonal (excessive) silliness.
The easiest thing to do to keep your mind and body in shape is to keep moving. Family time doesn’t have to be limited to sitting around over a cheese platter and a couple of drinks.
Set up a game of backyard cricket with your siblings, go for a walk with your folks, or try some fun activities like surfing, kayaking or beach volleyball to get your blood flowing.
The festive season is no time to deny yourself anything, but before grabbing that second serving, ask yourself, do you really need it to feel nourished?
If the answer is yes, wait ten minutes, drink a glass of water and see if you still do. Chances are you won’t. You might just avoid that post-lunch food coma too.
Create a reward system
It turns out that positive reinforcement works on humans, too. You can even make it work on yourself! So why not make a plan to be active everyday (even if it's only for 20 minutes!), because first and foremost, you'll reward yourself with some delicious happy hormones. And if that's not enough, you can feel good later when you are enjoying that custard soaked Christmas pudding. How do you stay active everyday? Well, being a gym and all, we might have the answer. We now offer an online membership that lets you work out from wherever you are.
Learn how to say “no”
Do you really need to go to that friend’s Christmas drinks that you haven’t spoken to since last Christmas? It is 100% ok to say no to social events that don't feel right to you. Excuses can include, "I have another engagement I already said yes to." Or dare we pull a Phoebe and say, "I wish I could but, I don't want to."
If you do end up going (so you can figure out why you haven't seen this friend in a year), you can always be the designated driver. Remember that leaving early from any party that isn't working for you is OK. Also if you're the designated driver, you can also cut out a few drinks which is great for your liver, as well as keeps you better on track with your fitness goals.
Breakfast instead of dinner
Back in town and eager to catch up with all your old besties? Seeing old friends is one of the best parts of going home for the holidays. Try catching up in the morning instead of the afternoon or evening. You’re (probably) more likely to resist the urge to hit the cocktails at 9am. Plus, nourishing yourself with a good, hearty breakfast can set you up for a good day with less cravings.
Slow down and enjoy what you’re eating. Mindful eating encourages you to be in the moment and really be aware of your food and your surroundings. At the best time of year, doesn’t it make sense to slow down and take it all in? Someone probably slaved for hours over that honey glazed ham/garlic prawns/turkey that you are mindlessly inhaling.
Chew. Savour. Compliment the chef.
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