Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Food and Fitness Tips For The Festive Season

Hi everyone how is the week going? 
Mine has been busy so far, like always, but I have managed to find time to make some of my Christmas gifts. I am making little tree decorations for everyone, I decided to make my gifts this year to save money and because I think its nice to receive something handmade. 

Another thing I have been doing a lot of this week is talking with clients about how to enjoy the festive season without piling on the pounds due to all the temptations on offer. I think its all down to balance, you can have a great Christmas without putting on weight so here are my food and fitness tips.......

Food Tips

When it comes to food over the festive season temptation is all around, you go to visit family or friends and there are always treats on offer like chocolates, mince pies and nibbles. You don't have to always be the one saying no you can enjoy whats on offer just try to eat a healthy clean diet around the treats. For example if you are going somewhere you know there will be not so healthy foods on offer make sure the rest of the day you eat clean healthy foods. Starting the day with a healthy clean breakfast is always good, eggs on brown toast or with veggies you get a filling breakfast and some extra veg. Soups are good for lunch or dinner depending on when you are out again they are filling low in calories and you get your veggies in. Another good tip is to eat a small meal before you head out to a party or gathering you won't be as tempted to fill up on naughty foods, one mince pie might be enough and you will be the one smiling not having pigged out! One way I will be resisting temptation is to not have it in the house, over Christmas me and Dale are out visiting people so we won't need to have anything extra at home calling our names from the cupboard. I plan to do our normal food shop and leave the festive foods in the shops I will probably make some healthified treats using alternative products but that will be in another post : )

Fitness Tips

Right I am going to say the same thing to you as I do my clients just because you have time off work doesn't mean you have time off exercise! I am not saying you have to work out on Christmas day even though a walk after or before your big meal is rather nice, there are hardly any cars around which is a joy and pretty unheard of any other day of the year. Not everyone is like me and actually enjoys working out I know but even 10-20 minutes of extra exercise a day will help you keep on top of things. Plus this can be a pretty stressful time of year and exercise can help you de-stress. If you are wondering how you can get a 20 minute workout in that will get you sweaty and burning the calories try out this Tabata workout it will get your blood pumping and you will be done and dusted with plenty of time to get ready for your festive fun:

20 Minute Tabata Full Body Workout

Each exercise must be repeated 8 times for 20 seconds with a 10 second break between each set for a total of 4 minutes!

Speed Squats
Press Ups
Star Jumps
Mountain Climbers
Squat Jumps

The aim of the game is to do as many reps in 20 seconds then recover for ten seconds, you will get your heart rate up fast and keep it up which means your will burn lots of calories in a very short amount of time, good luck and let me know if you try it out!

If you follow these rules the festive season will pass by without any unwanted pounds appearing. Being healthy is a life style choice it means you have balance it doesn't mean depriving yourself.

These days getting healthy food and exercise ideas is only a click away there are lots of sites such as Health On Line, Pinterest,thousands of health and fitness blogs and many more sites which means you have no excuse to look and feel amazing over the festive season!


How do you keep healthy and active during Christmas?


  1. "A walk after or before your big meal is rather nice", amen to that Tam!

    1. One of my favourite bits of the day!

  2. I love our traditional walk the dog on the beach as a family on Christmas day and will also be fitting in a run before my dinner. Exercising definitely helps me destress over Christmas and helps me not feel too guilty about an extra glass of wine!

    1. Sounds like you have a good plan : )

  3. Great tips! I wish I could resist the Christmas foods in the shops, although I am going to be far more restrained than I have been in previous years, I'm mainly going to stick to the healthier Christmas foods like dried fruit and nuts! Love that workout as well - I think I may be giving that ago!

    1. Thanks! Yes you should it gets the heart pumping!

  4. I like to keep exercising year round, Christmas or not, purely because I love the way I feel doing it and afterwards. It's just part of my routine. But food around Christmas is something I do like to enjoy. I won't go overboard but I like to induldge when I know there are things I won't normally have during the year or when it's a special occasion, like going round someone's house. I think it's a good time to enjoy nice food but not go crazy!

    1. Totally it's all about moderation!