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Posted in Nutrition, Fitness, Smart Start

The holiday season can be indulgent in a good way. Spending time with family and friends, celebrating and welcoming in the New Year is a special time. Food usually plays a big role in the much-deserved holiday break, while exercise can often be overlooked.

New Year’s resolutions tend to lurk in the back of your consciousness and can be used as an excuse to let it all go during the ‘silly’ season. Here are five simple ways to help avoid that inevitable post-holiday slump and incorporate health and fitness into your break.

  1. Commit to stay fit
    Your workouts may be shorter but they can still provide training benefits. If you usually enjoy several jogging or running sessions, cutting your training time by half will still keep you fit. Instead of completing two or three sets of each resistance training exercise, reduce it to one or two sets. Your session will take less time but you’re still exercising the same muscles, so your strength won’t disappear.

Try a 12-minute HIIT workout. The great thing about HIIT workouts is that they deliver amazing results and are perfect if you have time restrictions. Embrace your surroundings. If you are on an island or beach holiday, head to the water for your workouts. In the countryside, or even in the city, go out and explore. Allow yourself to feel good about what you can do.

  1. Make it a family affair

Involve everyone. A snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and keep the children entertained. A game of Frisbee at the beach can get the heart pumping. Even walking the dog will get the blood flowing and release endorphins. Make a concerted effort to do something physical for at least half an hour each day as a family. This will keep up your fitness level and assist others to raise the bar! 

  1. Drink water often

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times.

  1. Pace yourself

There is a lot going on during the holiday season and sometimes it can all get just a bit too hectic. Pace yourself; try to have some time free from organised activities to walk through the gardens, stop for a coffee or just sit down and read the paper. The break will do you good.

  1. Eat a good breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it may be tempting to reach for the leftover desserts, your body and mind will thank you for a healthy, balanced breakfast. It will keep you fuller for longer and help you eat less throughout the day. Try an omelette with leftover veggies or a green smoothie. If you’re in the mood for pancakes but craving something more wholesome, buckwheat pancakes are a great option. Raspberry coconut chia pots are quick and easy to prepare the night before and will be a hit with all the family.

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