Festive Fitness

Festive fitness – How ten minutes can keep the weight off this Christmas

Celebrations and holidays are usually great times. We often get the chance to spend time with people we don’t often see, relax from our daily work and more often than not, eat lots of our favourite food! If you’re anything like me however, you may have experienced over the years that with all the good points, it is all too easy to indulge a little too much, and for our health to be put off track just a little too far.

Can anything limit the damage of our indulgences?!!

Exercise is superbly good for us, helping our heart and lungs stay strong, our weight in check, and it can even be a good stress reliever. But I was taught a saying that is very useful to keep in mind: “You can’t out-train a bad diet”. Meaning, even if you exercise all day, if you ate takeaways every night you wouldn’t see many inches falling off round the waist.

But eating and drinking is all part of the fun isn’t it?!! Is there anything we can do?! 

Be realistic with your expectations. If you are anything like I used to be; house stocked full of treats and attending more parties than Paris Hilton, you can’t expect much weight loss. With so many things on at this time of year, finding the time to exercise can also be challenging. So with this in mind here are a few ways to use exercise that can help curb the damage:

  1. Get outside whenever you can. The fresh air will make you feel better and get the blood pumping.
  2. If you know you have a big meal or night out coming, exercise just before eating. Exercise helps your body to deal better with the large sugar intake that a big meal or alcohol usually brings.
  3. If time, space or equipment is at a premium, use a few body-weight exercises performed one after another, with not much rest in between. This helps to maximise the time you do have. Below is an example of a circuit you could use. After a good warm up (a 5minute walk for example) perform as many of the exercises as you can in 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then move on to the next exercise.

Beginner / Not so beginner!

  1. 10 Squats / Jumping squats
  2. 10 Kneeling press ups / Full press ups
  3. Walking up a hill / Running up a hill

Once you have performed each exercise; that is one circuit. Build up slowly until you can perform as many circuits as possible in ten minutes. This short sharp burst of intensity, even though it is only ten minutes long has an amazing impact on your health and can really curb the damage done by our holiday excesses!

With all this said I wish you all a fantastically peaceful, fun and blessed festive time. I’ll see you in the New Year!

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