Ahhh Christmas! The season to be jolly; one of giving and receiving, spending time with loved ones and of course… indulgence! Amidst all the frosty weather, roaring fires and scrumptious foods it can be tempting to throw the fitness regime out the window for a few weeks and embrace the sofa.
We all want to enjoy the festive season and if you want to keep an eye on your health try out some of these tips…
Plan active activities
Whether you’re planning something to do with the family or meeting up with old friends, why not plan something to get you out enjoying the great indoors. It’s nice to sit in a cozy café or at home but a nice walk to see the local Christmas lights is a great way to stay active and enjoy the festivities.
If you’re looking to stay healthy over Christmas , your diet will be one of the biggest things at the back of your mind. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself – quite the opposite in fact! It’s no secret that we love eating healthy foods here at Natural Balance Foods which is why we have a whole bunch of lovely things for you to try, all of which are vegan friendly, natural and delicious. Can we tempt you with some pumpkin pie bites or cooking up a wonderful winter warming soup? Head on over to our recipes section and pick out something you fancy!
Quality over quantity
If for you the Christmas holidays are a backlogged diary then favour quality exercise over quantity. If you’ve only got 20 minutes to spare then some bodyweight circuits at home will be a much smarter idea than an hour long jog out in the cold – not to mention a lot better for your fitness! One great method of training which takes no time at all is Tabata, a high intensity workout for the whole body which can be performed in 4 minute stints.
With so many tempting treats all around, snacking and grazing is the one area where festive feasters fall down. In moderation, the occasional indulgence is fine, but 90% of the times when you reach for a snack make sure it’s not full of unhealthy fats and added sugars! Think unsalted nuts, fruits and… Nākd bars! Make sure you have healthy snacks at the ready when cravings do strike, that way when you do get round to treating yourself it will taste all the better.
If you miss a workout or have one too many cupcakes don’t beat yourself up and throw in the towel. Stay positive – it’s Christmas!