And just like that, Christmas is here again!
I absolutely love this time of year… there’s just something in the air that makes everyone seem happier and more relaxed as they wind down for some hard earned rest, rejuvenation and most importantly, time and celebration with family and friends. The thing about Christmas is that it often means our routines can fall slightly out of sync as well, which is fine because that’s what can make holidays special after all. But how do we combine holiday fun without falling off the health and fitness bandwagon altogether… Now, that is when Active Living kicks in.
I often get asked how I stay fit and healthy through the festive season, and it’s not actually as hard as you would think… Here are my top 5 tips for surviving the Holiday’s without missing out on all the fun:
Be picky about your indulgences
In December, the office is swarming with all sorts of sugary treats, and while I’m all for a bit of guilt-free indulgence every now and then, I make sure I save it for foods I truly love (like my mum’s trifle or my famous chocolate bark – seconds please!). So before you reach for that second fruit mince pie or decadent rum ball, just ask yourself, do you really want it or are you just eating it because you’ve spent the last half an hour eying it off in the lunch room?
Spend time with your family
We all know that life can sometimes feel like it’s running at a million miles an hour, but there’s nothing that makes you feel quite as grounded as spending some quality down time with your family. Whether it’s watching your favourite Christmas movie, going for a walk or getting creative in the kitchen together, there’s no denying that quality time spent with your family is good for the soul and what the holiday season is about after all!
Be flexible with your routine
If a late night of holiday celebrations forced you to snooze right through your morning spin class, it doesn’t mean you have to veto your daily workout altogether – (don’t be too hard on yourself, it happens to the best of us). Be flexible with your routine and still try to move your body in some way, even if it’s a 20-minute home workout (try my quick cardio blast workout on Instagram @ljclarkson) or a quick post dinner power walk. Trust me, you’ll feel much better once it’s done.
Load up on vitamin B
This time of year is also an exhausting one, thanks to the never ending list of social soirees that we seem to constantly be RSVP’ing to. So what I do in preparation is load up on vitamin B, which is especially important during periods where you might not be getting as much sleep as possible. Vitamin B is responsible for energy and red blood cell production so your levels can become depleted when you drink alcohol and eat processed foods. If you’re not getting enough vitamin B from animal products, there are plenty of B-vitamin supplements that will help do the trick!
Get some sleep
Remember the whole purpose of a ‘holiday’ is to rest and recharge your batteries, which at this time of the year are probably running on close to empty. Lack of sleep affects so many things from your appetite and digestion right through to your mood and stress levels so I always aim for between 7-8 hours every night (and a few more when I can indulge in a sneaky holiday sleep in).
So as we start to rev up our holiday celebrations remember that moderation is key. Don’t even think about missing any of the amazing celebrations, foods or late nights that you look forward to throughout the year. But remember that the most important thing is to be mindful, choose your indulgences wisely, maximize the enjoyment… then get right back to being the super healthy human that you know you want to be!
Merry Merry Christmas fun to us all!