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  • Writer's pictureClaire Harrison

Mince pies, Baileys, Christmas pud - keeping fit over Christmas is easier than you think.

With Christmas just around the corner complete with its fabulous festive feast and indulgences, why shouldn't you enjoy a glass of bubbly and a few mince pies without feeling that you've kissed goodbye to your healthy regime? So go ahead and tuck into a bowl of Christmas pudding, enjoy those Christmas parties, and leave the pangs of guilt behind.

And breathe

The dark nights of winter often leave us feeling down and demotivated so the urge to eat more carbs and sugary foods that give us a quick boost is often high on the list. Instead, try doing some breathwork to lift your mood. Breathe in through your nose for four, hold your breath for four and breathe out for the count of eight.

Sleep well

Make sure you get plenty of rest and avoid skipping meals. Getting your seven to nine hours of sleep each night will give your body time to rest and repair leaving you ready to face the festive frenzy. And don't miss meals, because if you do you're more likely to overeat at the next one.

Think positively about exercise.

Don't look at it as a chore but as some me time and a chance to get away from the Christmas chores. If you can't fit in your regular exercise routine, don't sweat. You're not going to undo a year's worth of fitness over a couple of weeks. Just do what you like to do the most, or what you have time to fit into your Christmas schedule - a brisk walk with the dogs, a kick about with the kids is still keeping you moving.

Drink water

Don't forget to drink lots of water if you're planning a night out. Alcohol dehydrates your body and the lack of fluids strips your body of key electrolytes and exaggerates the symptoms of a hangover.

Eat more veg

While we all love to hit the Quality Street and the Baileys during the festive season, by fuelling your body with plenty of vitamins and minerals, you'll be in a better position to get back into your regular fitness routine. Add a few extra veggies on your plate and you'll keep your immune system strong so you can combat those winter bugs too.

2023 here we come!

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