Christmas health all about colour
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.
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?
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.