The silly season is upon us and with all the silliness sometimes the fitness and health regime can get completely blown out of the window. We have tried all year to look good for Christmas and it would be such a shame to put all of that hard work down the drain. I thought that I would share with you a couple things that I like to do and maybe I might inspire a few.
Fitness: You don’t have to go full steam ahead over Christmas, be sure to enjoy yourself. But maybe take 30 minutes to 1 Hour out of your day to dedicate to some fitness. Why don’t you mix it up a bit.
- SUPping – if you have been reading some of my previous posts here. Standup Paddleboarding is the way forward. Not only is it fantastic for working on your core strength, it also tones your abs, aids your balance and strengthens your arms and legs. Its really fun too and you can do it with a group of mates or day trip around the harbour. Working out this Christmas didn’t have to be that dull. You can also pick yourself up an awesome Leopard Print (9’6) SUP Board, which is one of my favourites for a special $1200 (normal price $1400) if you mention that you read it through The Rosedog Blog. Check them out below. Email here if if you are interested.
- a 30 minute run every other day – I prefer first thing in the morning. Go at your own pace each day, some days might be slower, some days you might be quick. You build up a sweat, burn off some calories, increase levels of dopamine which can firstly make you happy and decrease sweet cravings. You heart rate gets up, you feel more alert.
- Yoga/Pilates – 2 to 3 times per week is a good amount, it is always combine cardio work with static stretching and strengthening. It makes it easy for your body’s metabolic rate to increase and therefore making it easier to losing weight.
Food: I know the Christmas season is indulgent. But here are a few tips to keep healthy.
- I know nibbles at a drinks parties are fabulous, but maybe if you have a few parties to go to. Plan ahead and eat a healthy solid meal before you, then you won’t be filling yourself up on cheeses, dips and crisps. Maybe try a few of my easy alternatives simple Salad Nicoise, Brunch or even Smoked Salmon Spaghetti.
- Morning After breakfast; definitely opt for some protein (eggs) a fritata and veggies is a great option. Or try my brunch for champions, spinach & quinoa patties, Puffed Quinoa & Yoghurt or even this divine cacao smoothie.
Drinks: mulled wine, pimms, lots of bubbles, you name it the sugar content is so high. Instead of drinking them all night. Opt for mineral water mixers with vodka or gin.
- For alcoholic drinks, opt for sparkling water with wine or with vodka instead of sweet sodas. This mineral water is one of my favourites.
- The morning after drinks – lots of fresh mint leaves in hot water with a squeeze of lemon & ginger. Acts as a great detox. Also try some 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in water, it aids indigestion and cleanses you too. Read more about the benefits of this incredible stuff on my blog here. Or even try this fab smoothie.
- Water – keep hydrated!
Rest: if you are lucky enough to have a bit of time off over Christmas, make sure you do manage to squeeze in some R & R. Most important to rest your body.
HAVE A FABULOUS ONE x