Christ­mas health all about colour

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE / COMMUNITY DIARY -

AS HO­TELS reach ca­pac­ity and beaches be­come more crowded, it’s a sure-fire sign that Christ­mas is just around the cor­ner

For many the sea­son brings ad­di­tional work func­tions, Christ­mas par­ties and a packed so­cial di­ary.

It can mean more nights eat­ing out, ex­tra wine with din­ner and less time for ex­er­cise.

So, keep­ing a check on one’s health may fall short in many peo­ple’s pri­or­ity lists.

Maddy Len­ton is a per­sonal trainer and sports mas­sage ther­a­pist at F45 Func­tional Train­ing.

She ded­i­cates her ca­reer to help­ing oth­ers de­velop healthy and pos­i­tive habits for long-term suc­cess.

Ms Len­ton said peo­ple should be able to treat them­selves dur­ing the Christ­mas break but there’ a way to do it without un­do­ing all the pre­vi­ous hard work of con­scious eat­ing and ex­er­cise.

Here’s how:

How can peo­ple best avoid over eat­ing?

Christ­mas time is def­i­nitely not an ex­cuse to stuff our faces full un­til the point of sick­ness.

Stick to the sim­ple rules, eat small por­tioned meals reg­u­larly.

If you know you will be out where it will be hard to ac­cess a de­cently nu­tri­tious meal - have some pre-pre­pared meals as a backup!

How should you fill your plate at the Christ­mas buf­fet?

Fill your plate with plenty of pro­tein and a good se­lec­tion of veg­gies and sal­ads.

The more colour the bet­ter!

As al­ways try not to fill up on white bread and pasta.

When pick­ing dessert go for fruit, it’ll curb that sweet crav­ing and also nour­ish you.

What’s a good way to fit ex­er­cise in the busy Christ­mas sched­ule?

Get­ting out­doors and do­ing some­thing out of the usual rou­tine is usu­ally a great way to stay ac­tive and still spend time with ev­ery­one.

Lo­cal na­ture walks, moun­tain climbs or why not get back into some hob­bies you haven’t had time for lately. Try some fun ac­tiv­i­ties like ten­nis, stand up pad­dle board­ing or surfing.

Drink­ing more al­co­hol dur­ing this sea­son is com­mon for a lot of peo­ple but how can they reg­u­late their con­sump­tion?

Drink in mod­er­a­tion - by all means, en­joy your­self but be mind­ful of mod­er­at­ing the con­sump­tion.

Set your­self a limit, stick to one type of al­co­hol, stay away from sug­ary mix­ers and cock­tails and split up the drinks with wa­ters in be­tween.

Any other ad­vice you have for peo­ple over the Christ­mas pe­riod?

Stay hy­drated!

It’s so easy to be­come de­hy­drated when we are out of our usual rou­tine.

Make an ex­tra ef­fort to en­sure you’re hav­ing three litres of wa­ter or more per day, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hot­ter days.

STAY FIT: Maddy Len­ton is a per­sonal trainer and she shares her tips to stay healthy dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

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