It can be really easy to fall off the healthy living bandwagon over the Christmas and New year period with a plethora of social engagements
Given one of the biggest barriers to exercise is a lack of time the Christmas and New Year period should provide you with plenty more time to get in some exercise you just need to prioritise it prior to planned events.
Remember that exercise first thing in the morning helps to kick-start your metabolism for the day.
Low-intensity exercise following eating can have a positive effect on your body by minimising blood sugar spikes as a result of glucose breakdown. Gentle activity can also support digestion however, high-intensity exercise diverts the blood away from your digestive system so better to save this type of exercise to before a meal.
Here are our top tips to help keep you in shape
Keep up the water
Research suggests that people that remain adequately hydrated eat fewer calories. There are a few reasons but one of the main reasons for this is that we often confuse hunger and dehydration so remember to keep up your 2 liters plus a day.
Eat more protein
Make sure that all your meals have some source of protein. Why? Protein helps to keep you feel full and reduces cravings and is also essential for antibody production which helps keep your immune system healthy. Eggs are a great source of protein, so why not try having eggs for breakfast.
By aiming for ten thousand steps a day we burn about 20% of our calorie intake. Want to eat more? Then increase your step count or add other activities like Pilates, a single hour workout of Pilates can burn between 500-900 depending on the intensity of the workout.
Get enough rest
All those late and boozy nights can wreak havoc on your sleep as alcohol often interferes with our ability to enter rapid eye movement (REM sleep) and can reduce the number of times we enter REM sleep.
When we wake up tired we are more likely to reach for sugar quick fixes for a boost however, this causes an initial spike but then a much larger crash leaving you in a worse position than before.