1. Pace yourself, don’t restrict yourself
The best way to avoid undoing all your good work during the year is to allow yourself some treats while also keeping that balance.
A balanced approach is much healthier and more sustainable than an ‘off-diet’ versus ‘on-diet’ mindset.
Remember, after Christmas comes Valentines Day and then it’s Easter – there will always be reasons to overindulge. Learn to listen to your body and every week balance mostly healthy with a little bit of less healthy.
2. If you can’t exercise every day, aim for 10,000 steps
Finding time for workouts during the holiday period is often a struggle.
Between Christmas dinners, festive parties and post-lunch naps, many people forget to look after their fitness.
Having a goal of 10,000 steps per day, which can be easily tracked on a Fitbit device, is a great way to keep fit.
3. Use the 80:20 approach
The 80:20 (80 per cent healthy, 20 per cent ‘fun foods’) approach to your diet shouldn’t fall by the wayside during Christmas.
To avoid feeling guilty after gorging on a big Christmas dinner, you should keep making healthy choices for all your other meals.
Go back to an 80:20 balance of making healthy choices most of the time, drinking lots of water and finding time to be active.
4. Take post-meal walks
A post-meal walk is a great away to stabilise blood sugar response to food.
Exercise snacks throughout the day is another great way to accumulate exercise and mitigate the negative effects of a sedentary, high-stress lifestyle.
Try one minute of squats, pushups, lunges and bench dips for a satisfying 5-minute exercise snack.
5. Ask for health-related gifts
Asking for – and giving – health and exercise-related gifts is a sure-fire way to get excited about fitness over Christmas.
Health-related gifts could include workout gear, gym memberships or