Now that Christmas has started, we’re being bombarded through TV and radio with advertising of new and improved fitness equipment that comes with the promise to transform your body in just a few minutes a day, to lose that spare tyre, get a firmer backside and toner thighs and all you have to do is buy now, pay later.
In my opinion you should call 1300-wake-up-to-yourself.
Don’t buy on impulse – there is no substitute for hard work, commitment, dedication and sacrifice. Follow my 5 tips to keep yourself fit and healthy over the Christmas period and avoid putting on excess weight due to over-indulgence.
1. Plan ahead
Keep a fitness diary and write down in advance the exercise goals and routines that you want to achieve over the festive holiday time. This is a great way to stay on track as it’s a written commitment to yourself.
2. Routine, routine, routine.
Whether you’re an outdoor exercise person or a gym goer, stick to the plan. Be mentally strong and keep focus. Enjoy your workout then enjoy your social life with friends and family.
3. Avoid temptation
Avoid the temptation of over-indulging at the office Christmas party, stay away from the party plate of fried foods. This is a quick way to increase excess calories which leads to unwanted weight gain. Drink plenty of water as this will fill you up and keep you well hydrated before you enjoy a few bevvies with your work mates.
4. Group training
Personally, I like to train alone or with a mate, but this time of the year I recommend to my clients they join in some form of group classes. Gyms these days have an array of fantastic high energy classes to suit just about everybody’s fitness levels. You can easily get yourself into a great routine because the classes are at varied times over the week and are full of highly motivated people. You’ll be surprised how quick the hour goes when you are in a class full of highly energised participants.
5. Hire a personal trainer
If you need extra motivation and some help staying on track with your fitness, employ the services of a personal trainer 2-3 times per week. This is a fantastic way to stay fit over the Christmas period and will give you a massive head start for the New Year. A trainer will keep you focused over the silly season and will keep you from becoming sedentary by planning your fitness workouts for you. Whether it’s resistance or cardio workouts, you can expect to work hard and get more out of your personal training sessions and it’s a great investment in your health and fitness regime.
Finally, I would like to wish all our HIF members a safe and healthy Christmas break and remember it’s ok to slow down this time of the year but don’t stop.