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How To Stay Healthy Over The Festive Season

November 25, 2019

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It's that time of year again, a time for eating, drinking, and being merry - which it's great; it's a lot of fun; however, it does make it difficult to stick to healthy eating habits and exercise regimes. Of course, Christmas is the time to enjoy yourself, so you need to find a balance so you can do that but at the same time as staying fit and healthy.

Think about what you eat and drink
With so much food and drink right at your fingertips, it can be tempting to overindulge. Whilst indulging is only natural, a little mindfulness can go a long way. If you feel full or bloated and sluggish, stop eating or drinking, don't do it for the sake of it. 

Make sure you eat a good breakfast
Instead of reaching for the chocolate first thing in the morning, start the day right, and you might be more inclined to stay healthy for the rest of the day, but if not, at least you've had some goodness inside you. Try a healthy omelet full of vegetables, or a good helping of berries and probiotic yogurt will work wonders for your digestive system and keep the gastroenterology doctor away. 

Make Good Choices
Remember, it's not all bad food over Christmas, there's plenty of vegetables with Christmas Dinner, and at buffets, there will always be healthier options. You don't have to miss out on the naughty stuff, but just make sure you have plenty of vegetables too. 

Go For Walks
Don't be hard on yourself if you find it difficult to get your regular workouts in, after a big Christmas lunch, why not go for a big family walk? The movement will help to keep your heart healthy and burn a few extra calories, not to mention the benefits of a breath of fresh, winter air.

Drink plenty of water
Water really is a miracle worker when it comes to health and fitness. Drinking plenty of water can help to keep your metabolism moving, meaning that you are less likely to pile on as many pounds after Christmas dinner. What's more, with more alcohol flowing and later nights, keeping hydrated is essential for staying awake and alert to enjoy all the fun during the day.

Enjoy yourself
Whilst it is important to eat healthily and stay active, there's also such a thing as "everything in moderation." Make sure you take the time to enjoy yourself during the holidays and embrace the time you have with friends and family. It only comes once a year, so don't worry about it too much, there's always time to undo the damage.

Get Back On Track
You don't have to wait until January to get back to your normal routine, remember that Christmas Day is just one day and while there will be other occasions around that time, there will be somewhere you have no plans and can get on with your normal routine. Do it where you can and then get back to normal as soon as possible. 

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