How to stay healthy this Christmas
Christmas is all about indulging, but don’t let it be the green light to overindulge! You can still enjoy all the festivities of the season and get through the Christmas period without too much impact on your health and waistline.
Here are our top 10 tips for a healthier Christmas.
Don’t stuff yourself
It’s hard to believe, but research suggests we consume around 3,000 calories during Christmas dinner alone. That’s more than the entire recommended daily intake for a grown man! This huge feast not only contributes to weight gain but also to indigestion and heartburn – not to mention lethargy for the rest of the day. Instead of gorging yourself on Christmas dinner, eat a normal-sized meal and take a 20-minute break to see if you are still hungry (it takes this long for the brain to register that the stomach is full). The chances are, you’ll realise you’ve had enough.
Keep colds at bay
Colds are rife at Christmas, partly because many of us travel around the country, exposing ourselves – and others – to different cold viruses. Minimise your risks by maintaining a healthy immune system (eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and not smoking will help), so you are more able to fight off any viruses.
Think before you eat
Christmas is a time of plenty, and with nuts, chocolates, mince pies and cheese straws wherever you look, it would be rather Scrooge-like to suggest that you don’t eat any treats over the festive period! But rather than mindlessly popping whatever is in front of you in your mouth, spend a moment thinking about whether you really want it, or are just eating it because it’s there.
Go easy on the booze
Over the festive period, the alcohol units can really mount up. There’s mulled wine on Christmas eve, Bucks Fizz with breakfast, wine with dinner, Baileys, brandy… the list goes on!
As well as the empty calories, alcohol increases our appetite but can weaken our willpower, meaning we’re more likely to overindulge on festive nibbles.
Adding ice to alcoholic drinks will dilute them, choosing lower-alcohol drinks such as spritzers and punch will cut the calorie count.
Don’t sit down all day
As tempting as it is to plonk yourself on the sofa and stay there all day, don’t! Encourage the family to get out for a walk after lunch. The more activity, the better, so take along any new outdoor gifts, like bikes, scooters, footballs or Frisbees.
Do some Pilates!
If you want to stay happy and healthy over the festive period, why not come try out one of our mat, reformer or bone density Pilates classes? The studio is open every day except 24th, 25th and 26th December and New Year’s Day. Call Rima on 0208 579 7879 to find out more.
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas.