How to keep your fitness goals through the Christmas season

How to keep your fitness goals through the Christmas seasonWhile you may think it’s impossible to celebrate throughout the festive season and stick to your fitness goals, you can absolutely do both if you’re careful.

Most people associate Christmas with not just celebrations, parties, and time spent with friends and family but also with excess. It’s not uncommon for people to spend a rather profligate month only to turn around and make a new resolution in the New Year to crawl back on the wagon, but with a little forethought and a bit of effort, you can keep your fitness gains you worked so hard to achieve throughout the year whilst still enjoying the festive season with friends and family.

Don’t start over from scratch from January

Just because you want to spend December celebrating Christmas doesn’t mean you have to worry about binning all the excellent progress you made on your fitness regime in the preceding months.  Truth be told, you can maintain your exercise regimen by harnessing exercise strategies in a time efficient manner and taking steps to control your calorie intake, which will allow you to not have to start all over from scratch with the New Year.

It’s not easy to keep up with a regular exercise regime and also cope with all the demands of shopping for Christmas presents and then attending social events and family engagements. However, you can reduce your amount of exercise by a certain amount and not lose much in the way of progress on your fitness goals, and some research says that giving your body a few weeks off from high levels of exertion can actually improve overall health, as it allows the body time to recuperate and recover.

Save and swap on calories to win big

It’s never easy to keep your caloric intake down during the festive season, but if you plan ahead you can keep the amount of calories you eat down to reasonable levels whilst still enjoying all the parties and family dinners. One excellent way to avoid packing on the calories is to stick to standard measures at home, as you’re essentially doubling your caloric intake if you pour yourself an extra-large glass of wine or massive helping of stuffing.

In fact, if you’re planning on having stuffing, you may want to consider eschewing the other trimmings such as sauce, sausage, and bacon, as even a standard portion can result in as much as 500 calories or even more!  You can cut those calories right in half if you just stick with the stuffing, and if you simply must have some gravy you should stick to the roasting juices alone.

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