Let's keep healthy over Christmas! Wait, what?
By Katherine Houston and Jessica Meisels
Like pre-drinks for the races, some argue the lead up to Christmas is more exciting than the day itself. It can also be hard to stay healthy during the festive season when there are Christmas treats every way you turn. Whether it's a colleague bringing in baked goods, chocolates from your boss or general events and celebrations feeding you every other day, it can be a real challenge to try and stay on track. Last January, you freaked out and joined a gym after this happened last time. We get it- December is hard. Let’s go over the old worn excuses, and how we can get around them so you don’t end up rolling in to the new year more easily than you'd hoped.
‘It's Christmas…treat yo’self’
It’s holidays, you tell yourself, I’ve worked hard, I deserve to both eat and shake my bon bon. But if every day becomes a treat yo'self day, the kilos can pile on, fast.
Instead, try to fill your diet with lots of greens and colourful fruit to get all the good antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. According to Nutrition Australia, all the good ones are in the colourful kind, with each pigment carrying a unique set of disease-fighting antioxidants. So, even if you're at an event, still eat of course -just make your plate pretty and Insta that rainbow bad boy!
Hot tip: Ideally, if you're snacking on healthier alternatives, you'll find it easier saying 'no' to the copious amounts of sweets on offer. Eat foods like fruits, nuts or proteins before going out to avoid binging on canapes and grog. Also, we often mistake dehydration for hunger, so keep up that water intake.
"Sleep? I’ll sleep when I’m dead!"
You can, but how enjoyable are your experiences going to be if you can barely hold your lids open? People who say this obviously haven't experienced back-to-back Christmas parties after days of meetings, deadlines and other life demands.
A recent Forbes study discussed the importance of sleep in relation to productivity. It can assist memory, provides less chance of burnout, better decision-making abilities and better accuracy. Whether it's for work or play, you'll want to make good decisions, enjoy yourself and of course remember all the fun experiences you've had over the festive season- so make sure you're aiming for some quality shut eye.
“I don’t have time for the gym!”
Everyone becomes a little slack over the festive period, and if you normally exercise a few times a week and have found yourself trading weights for mince pies or a spin class for an espresso martini, don't beat yourself up. Just aim for a few days a week and stick to it, as maintaining some kind of routine will make you feel a hell of a lot better than feeling groggy, unfit and needing to start all over again.
Exercise is great for boosting energy levels and keeping your brain switched on, not only making you feel better when indulging, but will give you the stamina to enjoy and get the most out of the season.
Hot tip: As spontaneous drinks and activities pop up over the festive season, it can feel so empowering to have a morning or lunchtime workout already under your belt. We've even started a lunchtime running club here at Latitude to keep us motivated. Yes, it might mean getting up 15-20 minutes earlier for a brisk walk, jog or living room circuit, but you'll know you can tackle whatever the day throws at you if you have a jumpstart on it.
“Everyone spends too much over Christmas!”
Yeah, maybe. But if you’re wanting to go out and stay on track with your spending, it’s no fun when you can’t remember what you bought. If you like to track your spending and keep up to date with your transactions in real-time (like with our Latitude app), then you'll have a better chance of not blowing your budget.
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