Remarkable Women’s Health & Fitness December / January 2019

Remarkable Women’s Health & Fitness December / January 2019

Remarkable Women’s Health & Fitness December / January 2019 1500 1317 The Flyer Magazine
Carla De Nijs

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Platters can be healthy too!

Surviving the Silly Season

Let’s admit it, this is the season to be silly! It’s time to relax, enjoy, laugh, eat, drink and be merry! There are more parties to attend at this time of the year than any other time. But just because we’ll get a bit more social than normal it doesn’t mean we have to turn our backs on our healthy lifestyles and fitness goals!

Yep, I’m saying that you can toast some glasses of bubbles and indulge in all the good things, without throwing all your healthy habits out the door… after all, habits don’t take holidays.

So, here are my top tips to stay healthy and fit during this festive season:


Keep up your normal routine:

Don’t quit your exercise, sleep and healthy eating routine. You’ve made great progress throughout the year, don’t just throw in the towel because the calendar has ticked over to December. Once you break your routine, it becomes harder to get back into it. Have a plan as to when you want to exercise and for how long. It’s inevitable that things will pop up and you won’t be able to do it all, but as long as you keep going. You’ll be able to keep your base fitness level ready for the New Year.

Choose seasonal treats:

While it can be tempting to face plant the plentiful cheese platters continually placed under your nose at this time of year, simply choosing only your favourite seasonal delights can keep your health and fitness goals in check. Fill half your plate with fresh salads or vegetable-based dishes and the other half with exciting festive foods. There are so many delicious summer salad recipes that taste fabulous and berries are in their prime at this time of year so you can make a dessert that isn’t loaded with sugar.

Drink up:

Alcohol and a variety of drinks will be flowing freely at most parties. Start each party off with 2 or 3 glasses of water. The water will keep you feeling full and hydrated. It will prevent you from over-indulging in higher calorie, less healthy choices.

Portion control:

Okay, I probably won’t be controlling my portions on Christmas Day! Now that’s out of the way, I will be aware of my portion sizes on all the other days of the holiday period. It’s easy to get carried away but staying in control is a great way to still enjoy the foods you love without going overboard.

Don’t let the silly season get too crazy!

The best way to avoid falling off track is to plan ahead of time. When are you going to exercise? What are you going to eat for the week? Take the time to look at your week, highlight “the can’t miss events”, and then see when you can fit in some exercise around these. With some careful planning and thoughtful decision-making, you can enjoy a fantastic festive season and still feel fit and fabulous once the new year rolls in.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Carla Xx