If you can't tell from our recent articles (staying mindful over Christmas and making your Christmas more sustainable) - we LOVE Christmas here at Form! However wouldn't it be great if there were a few techniques we could follow over the Christmas break to avoid undoing the last few months of hard work in the gym and kitchen?
Even if we do plan to hit it hard in January (like the rest of the world), deep-down we know it would be better if we didn't have to start all over again from scratch.
Below are our 5 favourite tips and tricks to ensure that we maintain as much as we can over the Christmas period, and the best bit is, you don't even have to say no to all the good stuff on offer over the holidays!
1. Try to do some yoga or cardio over the break
If you don't have time to hit the yoga studio or gym, check out our home yoga series and mat-based HIIT workouts and our favourite home workout apps and videos to work up a sweat from the comfort of your home; just don't knock over the Christmas tree!
2. Know your BMR (Basal metabolic rate)
Before the Christmas period, why not check in with your metabolism and calculate exactly how much energy you burn in a resting state? You can use this online tool to help you work it out.
Once you know your base calorie target number, you can keep an eye on your overeating during the Christmas period and even perhaps workout a few times to make up for any over-indulgence!
3. Cheat meals
Cheat meals can help us to stay on track without feeling like we are missing out, but don't let a cheat meal turn into a cheat day! Don't fall into the common trap of overeating several times per week and feeling like you have to go into a deficit for the rest of the time to make up for it. If you go slightly over on one day, then go slightly under the following day, and it balances out.
Try to keep your goals in mind and by the time January rolls around, you'll be halfway there already.
4. Eat slowly
Don't binge just because you think you will give it all up in January - eat slowly, really take notice of the flavours and enjoy every mouthful. Slow down and cherish the opportunity to take a break with friends and family. By eating slowly you're more likely to notice when your body is full and not when the entire box of Celebrations has gone.
Give the 80:20 rule a try: stop eating when you feel 80% full - it makes a big difference trust us!
5. Enjoy yourself!
Last but not least, a caveat. Christmas is about relaxing, taking time out and enjoying yourself. Don't stress about food or fitness - it's not the end of the world if you can't quite keep up with your regular routine! There's plenty of time for that in the new year...
From all of us here at Form - have a very Merry Christmas!
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