And while we are looking forward to a copious amount of food and drink over the festive period, we have put together our 5 top tips to minimize the effect of the Christmas period on your health and waistline so that you can have a head start on a healthy new year!
1) Try not to stress out
While most of us are off work for Christmas, a lot of people don’t use the time off to relax! We are racing around trying to find those last few presents, stressing about decorating we need to finish before Christmas, and if it is your job to cook the stress levels can really start to add up! Make sure you take some time for yourself in a quiet place where you can relax, slow down your breathing, and take even just 10 minutes to allow your system to relax a couple of times throughout the day.
2) Stay active
We all tend to have a bit more chocolate around this time of the year (our quality streets on reception are diminishing by the second!) and Christmas day tends to be a big day of eating. Make sure you are keeping up with your exercise activities over the busy festive period to counteract the extra calories!
We know a lot of our clients will be doing the Christmas day Park Run which we think is a great idea.. Or perhaps go for a family walk Christmas morning. This is a great way to make a bit more room for that Christmas dinner, as well as getting a bit of activity in to keep the joints and body moving!
3) Go easy on the booze!
We love an Irish coffee at Christmas time, but with the Irish coffee, mulled wine, bucks fizz, Bailey’s, brandy etc. all on the go at this time of the year it is easy to overindulge! Enjoy a few drinks on Christmas day but keep track of the amount you’re drinking and have a glass of water here and there to stay hydrated. This will help you stay active and get good quality sleep which is important for keeping a healthy immune system at this time of the year when colds and sickness bugs are so common!
4) Watch the portions
We are as guilty as anybody of stuffing ourselves at Christmas dinner, but every year it normally leads to falling asleep on the sofa shortly afterward due to stuffing ourselves to lethargy! Eat a normal sized portion to start and then wait 20 minutes before deciding to go back for seconds! Especially when Christmas Cake is on the dessert menu!
5) Enjoy the festive period!
This seems like an obvious one, but in today’s climate a lot of us stress out too much about the presents and making Christmas day perfect that we forget to enjoy ourselves. Spend some quality time with your loved ones and enjoy the time off before going back to work for the new year refreshed instead of wrecked from the festivities!