Merry Christmas one and all! It's the most wonderful time of year, and chances are you're sat on the sofa surrounded by sleeping family members as you read this. There's also a good chance you received some sort of chocolate as a Christmas present, and that there are boxes of naughty food littering the house. It's a very difficult time of year to stay healthy, but by following our tips you can be sure you won't overindulge and regret it.
Don't eat mindlessly
Picking at chocolates or sweets while you watch a film or TV can be a big mistake. You'll end up eating a lot more than you realise and you won't even enjoy it! Be conscious of what you are eating and don't graze.
Put junk food out of sight
If you're like me, you'll eat something just because it's there. As much as you're able, put all of the junk food out of sight. If you received boxes of chocolate as a gift, put them in your bedroom when you're sitting in the living room. Even better, put them away in a cupboard!
Make healthy choices
There are plenty of healthy options on Christmas day. Turkey is high protein and is a very lean meat option. Load your plate with vegetables so that there's less room for other carbs and treat it more like a normal dinner than an endless buffet. We tend to change our eating habits on Christmas, so try to eat as normally as possible.
Get out of the house
Your afternoon activities could include playing games with the family, moving onto another house to visit different people, or just sitting in front of the TV. If possible, try to get out for a walk in the fresh air as it's very easy to vegetate and fall asleep on the sofa after Christmas lunch.
Don't skip your training sessions
if your training plan calls for a run, go for that run! Fit it in before lunch to give you a great start to the day. Whatever you would usually do, try to slip it into your day somehow so that you stay active and don't lose the progress you've been making for the past few months. If you need some motivation, read our article on the benefits of training outside during winter. Make sure you've got the right activewear for winter running and for more in depth information, have a read of our quick guide to training this winter.