Is it Ok to indulge over Christmas?

Is it Ok to indulge over Christmas?

Do you ever find that Christmas feels like a real effort? You have worked hard to be fit and healthy all year; does the thought of the Christmas period fill you with dread about how your fitness will suffer?

The media is full at this time of year of how many calories are in a Christmas pudding and how much exercise you have to do to work off your Christmas dinner. As a personal trainer I am more concerned with what happens between New Year and Christmas not what happens between Christmas and New Year!

Eating well and exercising 80% of the time is the best way to ensure you stay on track to your goals and are still able to enjoy your time off. So how do you survive Christmas and look after your health and fitness goals?

Firstly don’t beat yourself up! When you are rushing about for Christmas your usual routine will probably go out of the window. You may plan a workout and either be too tired or too busy. That’s ok!

You are doing well, your diet is on track, then there is the work do where you drink too much and just have to have pudding. You feel awful the next day and you eat too much again. What do you do? Cram in an extra workout to work it off? Starve yourself for a few days?

Christmas is a time for indulgence and spending it feeling bad about what you have eaten is no fun. Beating yourself up and maybe skipping a meal to make up won’t actually make any difference, and it certainly won’t improve your mood!

A survey of 2,000 young adults, commissioned by Cancer Research UK, revealed that one in four 18 to 24-year-olds and a third of 25 to 34-year-olds have skipped a meal before an evening out to 'make room' for alcohol in their daily calorie allowance. Scary stuff!

My advice is don’t work yourself into a frenzy over calories. Indulging on Christmas pudding and chocolates for a day won’t kill you. You will however end up feeling down and upset with yourself if you spend your time stressing about how much weight you may or may not put on. Stay focussed on a goal centred around being fit and healthy, take a few days off your routine and get back on track in January.

Our aim at Fit In Minutes is to provide you with daily exercise solutions, to coach you towards individual success whatever that looks like to you so that you can feel fitter, healthier and know you have a way of fitting exercise into your life.

To book your free consultation and fitness test click on the link above, call us now on 07973 751190 or email We look forward to helping you achieve your health and fitness goals.

Kirsty x

Fit in mind

Fit in body

Fit in your life

#stress #christmas #survivingchristmas #fitness #beingpositive #indulging #enjoychristmas

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