It is my favorite month of the year - mainly because I can have mulled wine on a Tuesday and no-one will look at me sideways. It’s that time of year where we are being marketed to non-stop and consumption reaches an all time high. We eat and drink until we can’t physically move….. It’s silly season and I love it. <3
Although it is a time to let lose and enjoy time with friends and family, the overindulging can get tough not just physically but mentally also. If you are relatively healthy 11 months of the year then December can take its toll pretty quickly.
Here are my 5 Tips to keep you feeling somewhat balanced this December:
1: HYDRATE!!! - The word “Hydrate” is in every health and fitness blog on the planet so you see why I can’t not include it. It is even more relevant to hydrate when consuming alcohol and sugary treats over this Christmas season. The body will be severely dehydrated after the office party. You should be aiming for 2-4L per day and even more when you are Hungover. Make it a priority.
2: Hangover Reduction - I am not going to tell you not to drink this silly season as that would be very hypocritical of me. A doctor once gave me a game-changing piece of advice that will really help you avoid a nasty hangover. Alternate one alcoholic drink with one glass of water. It may even save you from an embarrassing morning after at the office!
3: Keep It Movinggggg - Yes eat that delicious mince pie. Eat - in moderation - whatever tickles your fancy but don’t stop moving and stretching. Sitting at a desk all day long is having detrimental life-long affects on peoples muscles, joints and posture. Make it your business to keep your body on the go this holiday season. An evening walk in this crisp weather will do wonders for both the body and mind.
4: Dance Dance Dance!! Hit the dance floor if there isn’t one then start one! Busting a move is a great way to get some fun exercise and stay away from the buffet table while also burning off that baileys coffee. You’ll be known as the life of the party instead of the one who hovered over the sausage rolls.
5: Reduce Hunger Temptation: Eating a healthy, high protein snack before you go out can help prevent overeating on the party food front, especially if the food arrives later than you are used to eating and you work up a bigger appetite. It may even help you to bypass a fast food outlet on the way home!
Finding your balance in this holiday season is key. Enjoy this beautiful time of year with loved ones. Remember, when you’re on your death bed you won’t look back at this month and wished you had trained harder and eaten cleaner. You will remember the wonderful moments around the dinner table with family and friends.