As the days get wetter, colder and darker the motivation to move more diminishes and the motivation to eat more increases. These are natural feelings and most people go through during the winter period. With Christmas parties and the ringing in the New Year, no one will have a perfect diet every day / every week for the next few months. It is important to not beat yourself up about this but rather cherish the memories during this time.
Nutrtion tips through out the festive period:
1) If you have a party or night out planned ensure to drink plenty of water and get your protein and vegetables in throughout the day so you know you’ve got room to relax and enjoy the night without derailing.
2) Try and stay on track through out the week and so you have more room to let loose more over the weekend.
3) For every glass of alcohol try and get a glass of water in
4) Truthfully enjoy the festive period as much as you want as it only comes round once a year.
What I do advocate is writing down some little movement goals or exercise goals to achieve over the winter months. Pick something you love whether its walking, running, a team sport, the gym and be as consistent as you can with it. By keeping active you will limit the damage from the alcohol and food.
Here is a few exercise tips for the winter months:
1) Schedule your exercise sessions in for the week at the start
2) Set yourself a little mini goal you want to achieve by the end of the week. This will give your exercise routine purpose and a little more motivation
3) Reduce training time and up the intensity (short and sweet).
4) Walk more places rather than drive (those extra steps will help keep the activity level higher
5) Set yourself a step goal or distance you want to cover either each day or over the course of a week. I have a daily distance goal Which I try to achieve 80% of the time.
6) Join a class or find a training buddy that will force you to get out of bed and go do that session so you don’t let them down.
Above are just a few tips, however for some people who haven’t established exercice and nutrtion habits yet, this may be a little challenging to do. If your training and nutrition age is not high you may feel lost and not too sure what to do. This is normal and we’ve all experienced this.
How can I change my habits?
How do I find the motivation?
How do I make exercise part of my lifestyle?
If you are the kind of person who wants to make changes but you don’t know how. You don’t know where to start or what to do, then do not hesitate and get in contact with us today. We have 4 spaces left on our January 12 week challenge which is all about learning how to change and establish new habits, get into a routine and learning what the best nutrition approach is for you.