Prepare your Body for Christmas
23 November 2016
In the run up to Christmas, you may think that the preparation involves nothing more than ordering a turkey and wrapping your presents.
However, looking after your body is also essential if you want to make the most of the festivities. Below, we’ve rounded up five ways to prepare in the lead up to Christmas Day.
You may already have an exercise regime that you’re sticking to, but if you are not, then now is time to get moving. Exercise can help you lose weight and give you a much-needed energy and wellbeing boost, something that you can use to carry you through the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
If you do no exercise, then walking is a great place to begin. Walking for as little as 20 minutes a day can boost your mood, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and improve your memory. Throughout the winter months, a brisk walk in the cold is a great way to start the day and wake you up, so incorporate it into your daily routine, and you will soon see the benefits.
Take part in a boot camp
Staying motivated during the colder months can be a challenge, so consider taking part in a fitness boot camp like the ones offered here at Prestige Boot Camp. Not only do they give you a chance to get away from the chaos of pre-Christmas preparation, but they offer a unique opportunity to recalibrate your mind for the year ahead.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential if you want to remain alert and healthy throughout the festive season. Adequate sleep benefits not only your mind but your body’s well-being. If you do not sleep enough, your levels of cortisol will be heightened – a hormone associated with stress that is known to increase hunger and give you an appetite for sugary and unhealthy foods.
Hydrate your body
For some people, drinking alcohol throughout the festive period is inevitable, so detoxing beforehand is the best way to cut down on your drinking and keep your body healthy. While it’s recommended that you drink at least two litres of water every day, upping your intake in the run up to Christmas will keep you hydrated and energised throughout the day.
Being hydrated will give you more energy, will prevent you from overeating and will improve your skin – the perfect benefit for those who want to look their best when attending Christmas parties.
Add more fibre to your diet
Adding as much fibre to your diet as possible makes sense during the pre-Christmas rush. Not only is it good for your body, but it gives a chance to cleanse your bowels before a heavy month of eating Christmas food and drinking at every party you attend.
By looking after your body in the run up to Christmas, you’ll enter the New Year feeling refreshed and ready to face the day – instead of feeling full, frumpy and over-indulged!