Merry Motivation

Merry Motivation

04 December 2020

The Christmas party season is upon us, but that’s no excuse to slip on your health and fitness routine. These simple hacks will keep you motivated and healthy these holidays.

It’s been a tough year, but you’ve managed to assemble some kind of health and fitness routine and you’re feeling good. Cue: The Christmas Party Season. Life gets busy, the treats seemingly unavoidable, and the New Year looms. It makes sense to just throw in the towel and make it 2021’s problem, right? Sorry to be the voice of reason but, nope.

Follow these simple hacks for a motivated and healthy festive season.

Tip 1. Don’t deprive yourself when it comes to treats. Instead, grab a plate and don’t graze. Load up on vege sticks and hummus, fruit and nuts, with only a quarter of your snack plate being Christmas cookies and treats.

Tip 2. Be flexible. Pre-planning is key when carving out time to exercise. You might normally exercise after work, but now you have a social engagement. Sweat it out in the morning, even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Moving less is still better than no movement at all.

Tip 3. Exercise with a friend. Go for a walk after dinner. Park a little way away from the restaurant. Incidental exercise can add up over the course of the day and make a big difference!

Tip 4. If you’re worried about food choices at a party, eat a small healthy snack before you arrive or bring a healthy plate as a contribution to the event. Making healthy choices easily accessible will help you stay on track.

Need more guidance on health and fitness? Book an appointment with a Mates4Mates Exercise Physiologist today.

Written by Mates4Mates Exercise Physiologist, Lauren Kelly

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