December is almost here and with that comes the silly season. Christmas parties, family dos and enjoying the summer will inevitably serve up some great eats and drinks which are delicious at the time but may not feel quite so savoury the next day. As someone who stations themselves next to the snack table at events by no means should we say no to delicious, and often free, festive banquets. Rather, it’s about keeping up fitness regimes, being mindful of what we’re putting into our bodies and giving ourselves down time when it’s needed.
It’s easy to fall out of our fitness routine when gatherings and parties provide convenient excuses or cause us to skip workouts. Instead of forgoing your exercise plan for food and alcohol, try to stick to your training and make extra time before or after work if necessary. Now that you’re on holiday work out with a friend to keep each other motivated and make the most of the good weather. Try extra classes at the gym or find an outdoor gym like that on Bondi Beach to soak up vitamin D. Keep up or start strength training to keep your metabolism in check. This will help to expel the extra kilojoules going into your body and the best thing, your body will keep burning those kilojoules well after you finish working out. Try push-ups, squats and lunges.
It’s easy to forget about hydrating when there’s alcohol and coffee on offer. Add in the warm weather and our bodies dehydrate faster than usual. Drink eight glasses a day to flush the toxins out of your liver and to keep your skin glowing. Try to up your intake on occasions when there’s alcohol involved – your head will thank you the next morning.
Eat your vegetables
Avoid the creamy dips, chips, lollies and cakes and go crazy with veggies. The more you eat, the more nutrients that are going into your body. Vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories but contain nutrients such as potassium, fibre and vitamins which helps to regulate blood sugar, appetite and keep weight in check. Leafy greens, legumes and grains are great sources of fibre which helps with digestion and also reduces inflammation in those of us who are sensitive to certain foods. If you know there will be unhealthy food at a function enjoy a small, healthy snack beforehand to prevent overeating and consuming food you wouldn’t usually.
Listen to your body
It’s easy to fall into the trap of saying ‘yes’ and running ourselves down during celebration time. Don’t forget to give your body and mind time to recover. Our emotional state dictates our energy levels and impacts how we fare with day-to-day tasks and interactions with others. Saying no when we want to is important – sometimes we need a night at home on the couch, a big night’s sleep or even to drive to an event and not drink to help ourselves feel energised and happy.