How many times have you heard “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas”, “It’s only once a year” or “Eat what you want, it’s Christmas”? What many people choose to, is ignoring your health at Christmas can undo your hard work you’ve done to get little black dress or suit ready for the Christmas period.

We understand life happens, we understand it’s Christmas and don’t get me wrong; we too enjoy ourselves, but we have devised at plan to ensure you feel great throughout Christmas. After all, some of the BEST food is in the shops at Christmas, you want to enjoy it guilt free!

Here’s our 8 best tips to enjoy yourself and feel great this Christmas:

Burn it to earn it

Exactly as it says, get a body burn going in the gym before you have a cheat meal. When you know you are going to eat out or enjoy a 3-course dinner, get to the gym beforehand. This will do two things: Make you feel great before you head out, and it will make you feel great after you’ve eaten as you know you have earned your treats. What’s more, if you opt for a 30 min HIIT session, your metabolism will be through the roof trying to replenish your body’s energy stores. Check out our Christmas workout video here

Plan, plan and plan some more

Make sure you plan your nights out to ensure you are controlling your calorie intake for the week. If you have a BIG weekend of eating and drinking at the Christmas Markets, you could find you will be over your weekly calorie intake. Be careful that you don’t blow all your hard work with a weekend of binging.  Make sure you either opt for a lighter option if you’re going out for lunch and eat well with lots of protein and good vegetables at home.

Catch some ZZZ's

Sleep is so important at this time of year. An adult should get between 7-9 hours sleep a night. Christmas can be a stressful time, with the battle of which family to go to, what to get for people, financial pressures and also it can be a lonely time of year for some. Make sure you set time to relax to be able to recharge. Our favourite tips for getting some quality Z’s in are:

1 – Have a social media ban at least 30 mins before bed.

2 – Grab a nice hot shower or bath, before climbing into a cooler bed.

3 – Write any lingering thoughts down on a notepad as your to-do list for the next day. A peaceful mind equates to a peaceful sleep!

Get Outside

Winter is the time of year where we all hunker down into cosy clothes and hibernate from Jack Frost! However, it’s a sure way to feel sluggish after eating. We recommend on going for a brief walk for 10-15 minutes in the fresh air to wake you up, but also to aid with digestion. Perfect for when you’ve demolished a plate of pigs in blankets!

Keep active - don't be reactive!

Winter is the time of year where we all hunker down into cosy clothes and hibernate from Jack Frost! However, it’s a sure way to feel sluggish after eating. We recommend on going for a brief walk for 10-15 minutes in the fresh air to wake you up, but also to aid with digestion. Perfect for when you’ve demolished a plate of pigs in blankets!

Know your tipple point

Drinkaware conducted a recent survey on alcohol consumption. They found that on average, men admit to consuming six drinks on Christmas day. On the basis that those are a common strength pint of beer or medium glass of wine, this is the equivalent of 14 units of alcohol. Women admit to having on average four and a half drinks on the big day. As such, you will consume a WHOLE WEEK of booze in just one day. Be mindful of how much your drinking and be sure that you don’t leave the measures up to someone else, you could end up drinking a lot more than you’d like without even realising it.

Keep hydrated

Following on from the point above, the best recommendation we can give is to keep hydrated throughout the day. Not only will having an intermittent soft drink help you from toppling into the Christmas Tree, but it will also help with not reaching for the sugary and/or salty snacks as the booze kicks in! Aim for 1 glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have. You’ll find your head won’t be thumping the next day either!

Enjoy Yourself!

Let’s not forget that the festive period is a wonderful time to relax, unwind, and indulge whilst spending time with those that you love. We preach a lifestyle balance, and it’s good to indulge occasionally. When you feel that you’re over doing it, your gut instinct is probably going to be right! By following some of these basic tips over December, it will springboard you into 2020 in the right mindset.