5 tips for a healthy but fun festive period

Christmas doesn’t have to mean weight gain! You can enjoy a few festive treats without resorting to pure piggery. Here are 5 tips to help you have a healthy but fun Christmas and New Year.

1, Keep an eye on calories. If you’re going to eat Quality Street and Matchmakers then do it as part of your allotted calories rather than going crackers (pun intended! 🙄).

2, Keep active with the family. Walks in the crisp winter weather are wonderful this time of year. Take the kids out geocaching or chasing Pokemons 👹 (or should it be Pokemen?. Explore your local area.

3, Do the festive parkruns 🏃🏼‍♀️. There are parkruns on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. New Year’s Day is the only day of the year that you can do TWO parkruns (check the parkrun website for start times). If you’re asking, “Who would do a parkrun on New Year’s Day?” The answer is thousands of people all over the world! It’s that lifestyle thing again!

4, Weigh yourself. Don’t stick your head in the sand and end up putting on a stone. Keep a track. But remember that if you’re eating more carbs (Christmas is all about carbs – mince pies, chocolates etc) then you’ll weigh more just because of the high water content in carbs. So as long as you’re sticking to your calories most of the time you shouldn’t need to panic if you add a few pounds.

5, Keep hydrated – especially if you’re drinking alcohol. Water is essential for health and well-being so, by all means have a glass of red, but have a glass of water too. Let everyone else do the Christmas Coke thing! Save your sugar allocation for something worthwhile…like purple Quality Street! 👌

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