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Twelve healthier days of Christmas

Posted on December 13, 2012 in Blog, Fitness Blog, Nutrition Blogs, Well Being Blog | by

On the first day of Christmas – get some exercise. A walk, a game of Frisbee, or if you’re really lucky with the weather – a snowball fight!

On the second day of Christmas – choose healthy snacks. Fresh or dried fruit, chestnuts or crackers make a healthy alternative to chocolate, cake, or crisps.

On the third day of Christmas – keep up your non-alcoholic fluids. water, fruit teas like camomile, peppermintand lemon& Ginger or a no-added-sugar hot squash can keep you hydrated without adding alcohol or sugar.

On the fourth day of Christmas – get your 5-a-day! So many seasonal delicious choices; spiced red cabbage, roast parsnips, tangerines, and the good old fashioned brussel sprout!

On the fifth day of Christmas – eat distinct, regular meals. Kick off with breakfast (and no, advent calendar chocolate does not count), and try to avoid gaps of longer than 3 hours between meals. Remember little and often.

On the sixth day of Christmas – hide the salt shaker. So much of our processed food contains salt anyway it can be good to ask yourself if you really need to add extra salt to your meals, or better still no processed food.

On the seventh day of Christmas – dream big. What do you want to achieve for the next year… to run a 10K? To take skateboarding lessons? Once you have your dream, start planning how to make it happen. You could book with us  your Free consultation and 30 minute taster session for Personal Training, Small group training, Bodycamp or our Dietitian service.

On the eighth day of Christmas – listen to your belly. If you feel full, stop eating! It’s ok to leave something on your plate. Or, challenge yourself to take a smaller portion… you can always have seconds if you really need to!

On the ninth day of Christmas – watch the caffeine. Although some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others, 2 to 3 cups of coffee (or 4 to 6 cups of tea) should be tolerable for most people. If you are habitually drinking more than this, slowly decreasing your intake will help your mood, your sleep pattern, and improve your blood pressure.

On the tenth day of Christmas – expand your culinary horizons. Trying a new food, or making a new recipe, helps to stop food become boring and samey. Especially if you’ve been given new recipe books for Christmas! For the ultimate healthy recipes buy Paul Mason’s ONE plan cookbook or email us for FREE sample menus.

On the eleventh day of Christmas – take the more active opportunities in the sales. Take the stairs instead of the escalator, park the far end of the car park. Zig zag across the shopping centre, and feel your arm muscles ache from carrying all those bags!

On the twelfth day of Christmas – draw a line under any habits you may have picked up over the festive season and that you don’t want to keep. It’s ok to give away the boxes of chocolates that you were given that you haven’t even opened yet. It’s ok to hide the TV remote for a month if you feel it will give you the motivation you need to get out the house more. Get a friend to ring you every evening to ask you if you’ve reached your 12 to 14-a-day, or whether you’ve gone for a walk…. make new, healthy habits, for a New Healthy Year!

p.s. If ‘lose weight’ is on your new years resolutions list, for the umpteenth year running, maybe you need to think about doing it differently. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got. Paul Mason Fitness services and our dietitian can help get you focused, give you practical and safe advice, and support along the way. And as you know by nown all our staff are highly qualified and very experianced members of the Register of Exercise professionals and our dietitian is registered with the Health Professions Council, so you know the advice you’re getting is scientifically and medically sound. For 100% money back gauranteed results act now and most of all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year!!