Now that Christmas is less than a month away, we find our calendars full with Christmas gatherings, work parties and days for buying those special presents. It can be difficult to maintain your regular routine throughout December, as mince pies, mulled wine and turkey sandwiches tantalise your tastebuds. It’s now more than ever we need to be mindful of keeping active and motivated whilst enjoying the Christmas season.
Even though the nights are drawing in and it’s colder outside, I would recommend going for plenty of walks. Wrap up warm, gather the family together or go for a solo morning stroll - either at a country park or keep it local and just go for a walk around the block! December is a beautiful time of year, houses will have their Christmas decorations up and with all the twinkly lights, it’s the perfect way to embrace the holiday spirit whilst maintaining some regular exercise.
Remember to (try your best to) adopt a balanced diet over Christmas - we all want to indulge in treats but at the same time, it’s important to have a range of nutrition, which benefits your whole body. Especially at this time of year, an unhealthy diet can take its toll on our mind and body, we can feel fatigued and have a lack of energy. You can still include the correct food in your diet with fresh fruit/vegetables and lean protein whilst enjoying a Christmas treat. I believe you should treat yourself at this time of year, but just be mindful to drink plenty of water and enjoy everything in moderation! One mince pie isn’t going to hurt anyone.
For most of us, this time of year can be incredibly busy and quite manic and although you want to stay active, it’s important to get enough sleep. I don’t know about you, but usually every weekend is jammed packed over Christmas, so it’s quite easy to feel tired and equally have less sleep. I would urge you to find the right balance and learn your limits. Of course, go out and enjoy yourselves, but remember sleep is important for your physical health and mental health too. Be selective throughout December, don’t be afraid to say no to things and by the time the 25th arrives, you will feel good and fresh for the big day.
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