Your Healthy Guide to Eating Holiday Treats This Season

We all tend to gain a couple of extra pounds during the holiday season because it’s impossible to resist all the tasty treats it brings along. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy all of them, but to still welcome spring in great shape, here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.

Right Time

Holiday season can’t go without egg nog, pumpkin spice lattes, and similar tasty drinks that happen to be extremely high in sugar content. You shouldn’t completely abstain from drinking them, but keep that pleasure for special occasions instead of doing it every day.

Regular Workouts

Don’t use bad weather as an excuse to put your fitness goals on pause. It may be cold outside, but you can still burn all the extra calories from gingerbread cookies by hitting the gym or working out at home while Christmas songs play in the background.

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I’ve had a few people ask me this week how to stay motivated to train at this time of year, as people start to focus on parties, festive drinks, late night shopping and cosy nights in. I get it – if you wake up and get home in the pitch black, the weather is freezing, the festive drinks invites keep coming… it can be hard to feel like working out. If you find this time of year tough to keep up momentum, then here are a few tips: ❄️ Find a way to move that you love – and do more of that! There are so many ways to be active – running, weight lifting, spin classes, yoga, swimming…. when you find an activity you actually enjoy, it’ll be so much easier to not forego it in favour of your sofa or the pub! ❄️ Make your festive catch ups active! Instead of heading out for drinks and dinner, why not book a class together with friends? Or meet for coffee then a workout? You can sweat together, get ready together and catch up on everything. Or if classes aren’t your thing, what about wrapping up, grabbing a hot chocolate and going for a walk together? ❄️ Find a way to stay accountable. When left to our own devices to exercise, it’s easy to come up with an excuse not to. Why not book a couple of PT sessions to help mix things up, relieve gym boredom and keep you in a routine? Much harder to cancel a session when someone else is waiting for you. Same goes for booking a place in a fitness class – most studios have a 12 hour cancellation policy – meaning once you book your slot you need to turn up – so you’re less likely to skip it. Or set a date, time and reminder in your calendar and stick to it like any other appointment – if 6pm on Tuesday is held in your diary then honour it – whether you go out for a run, do a HIIT workout at home or head to a yoga class – you’ll be less likely to bail if you treat it like any other commitment in your diary. Tag a friend who’s struggling with motivation to train right now – and feel free to ask me any questions you might have in the comments! After all, workouts are for life, not just for Christmas 🎄🎄 Photo by @annarachphotography #wildcatfitnessuk #londonpersonaltrainer

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Practice Moderation

There’s no need to give up any of your favorite holiday treats this season – as long as you know when to stop. Moderation is extremely important when it comes to eating any sugar-rich foods all year long, and you shouldn’t forget it once jingle bells start ringing.