GET FIT NOT FAT THIS CHRISTMAS

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

On average, Australians gain 1.5kg over the Christmas period!

Follow our 20 tips to get FIT not FAT this Christmas!!

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  1. Start training NOW, don’t wait until after Christmas or 1 January
  2. Start eating smaller portions now so when it comes to xmas lunch you are fuller quicker!
  3. 70% of your body is made up of water. It moisturises you from the inside out and helps your cells to absorb nutrients. Keep hydrated every day, aim to drink at least 2 Litres of water by 4pm. If you are dehydrated you will be more hungry, tired and crave sugar!
  4. Always exercise first thing in the morning on xmas and xmas party days for 45 minutes
  5. Exercising is great for mental clarity and keeping you upbeat. When you feel great, you make much better food choices at functions.
  6. Go for a long walk after xmas lunch or dinner with your relatives, great way to catch up with family and exercise at the same time!
  7. Play games in the park with the kids after lunch or dinner, get active with them!
  8. Alcohol is packed with calories and loosens your inhibitions so you eat things you normally wouldn’t like party pies or fried food. Dilute wine and spirits with ice and mineral water, ask for light beer instead of full-strength or intersperse a juice or sparkling mineral water between regular drinks. Don’t forget the non-alcoholic options –lime and soda, and iced tea.
  9. Have something to eat before you drink to slow the absorption of alcohol into your system.
  10. Don’t eat your way through two big meals a day, , it’s a sure way to pile on the weight. If you have to attend two functions, eat lightly or skip a course.
  11. Be Prepared, Have a Plan. Cocktail party food is generally fatty and unsatisfying so eat something before you go – a salad, light meal, or even a protein shake. You won’t arrive starving and tempted to eat everything in sight!
  12. Aim to have one alcoholic drink each hour and always have a glass of water after each alcoholic drink. This will ensure you drink less at parties and wake up with no hangover.
  13. Secret to reducing your hangover – fresh fruit juice or 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey will help get the alcohol out of your body faster. The effects of the fructose may include burning the alcohol faster, which helps you to feel better more quickly. Try to have before going to bed with a large glass of water.
  14. Make sure you make some time for yourself. Christmas can be stressful and it’s important to share the chores and take time out to relax. Have a luxurious hot bath, watch a great movie, play a board game or read a good book
  15. Have an engaging conversation ~ when you have an engaging conversation at a party, you more likely to forget about the food because you’re having fun {we tend to look for food at a party when we’re bored, unsure or nervous}.
  16. Find a training partner to train with over this time. If there’s someone waiting for you in the morning to train, chances are you’ll get home earlier and get your butt out of bed to work out.
  17. Bring a plate of food- that way you know what is in it and can eat that.
  18. Remember over this time that you are probably eating more than normal, so after xmas give yourself 5 days to eat small frequent meals and you will find your stomach will shrink and you will be back into a routine.
  19. Eating big meals and drinking alcohol is the quickest way to put on weight over this xmas/new year. Don’t go overboard, enjoy 1 or 2 days then get straight back into your usual routine as soon as you can once the festivities are over.
  20. Set yourself a training goal to do before June 2018 – pick out a fun run or start up a team sport (social netball or indoor cricket) or try a new class at the gym!

 

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