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Our advice for this coming Christmas!

It’s that time of year again. Time to hastily buy those last-minute gifts, decorate the Christmas tree and leave the cookies out for Santa. It’s a time of fun and indulgence…but if you’re not careful, it could undo all that hard work you’ve been putting into the gym! Here are a few strategies you can use to avoid ending up looking like the big man himself.

1.      Keep Active

Yes, the gym is closing over Christmas, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. Aim for at least 30 minutes moderate intensity exercise every day, and try to complete a few stretches at the beginning or end of your day, just to keep those muscles loose. Walk instead of drive, get the family involved in games of backyard cricket, and find any way you can to be as active as possible.

2.      Eat and drink healthily

Christmas is a time of excess, but it’s important to remember that everything should be enjoyed in moderation. Don’t eat those extra potatoes; have one or two, and instead help yourself to an extra serve of green vegetables (peas, beans and broccoli). Try to find fresh, sustainable produce, such as farm grown vegetables, freshly fruit, and free range turkeys and hams. Treat yourself to a couple of glasses of champagne, or one or two beers with lunch, but after that stick to water. Remember, alcohol is a high calorie liquid, so for every standard drink you have, another high calorie food needs to be removed from your diet to avoid excessive weight gain!

3.      Enjoy yourself!

Most importantly, Christmas is a time for family, friends, and fun. It’s the end of the year, so treat yourself. Enjoy that sleep in; go for a light jog instead of your usual 10km run or allow yourself that special treat you always save till this time of year.

4.      Prepare for the new year

“New Year; New You!” Now is the time to decide how you want your next year to pan out. Will this be the year you run that marathon? Join the gym? Or maybe lose those extra kilos you’ve been wanting to for years. Remember, failure to plan, plan to fail!

From all the 6X team, have a Merry Christmas!

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