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Top 10 Hacks to Maintain Your Fitness Over Christmas
December 15, 2015

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The festive season is well and truly upon us and between office parties, Christmas shopping and family events, it can be difficult to stick to your health and fitness routine.

So here’s the deal; you won’t be able to hit the gym every day or avoid the occasional treat. However, these 10 festive fitness hacks from our ambassadors and fitness experts will definitely ease the impact.

1. Quick Workouts

“We tend to be super busy at Christmas time, so I love using timers and Tabata is a quick results orientated style of training,” says Australian Institute of Fitness Ambassador Michelle Bridges. Choose an exercise like body weight squats and workout as hard as you can for twenty seconds, followed by ten seconds rest and repeat. 

2. Pump Up Your Nutrition and Water Intake at Home

Indulging at parties and functions is all the more reason to keep things business as usual at home says Michelle. Michelle advises you “combat those treats by drinking extra water and factoring extra nutrient dense foods into your week.” 

3. Pick and Choose

“You don’t have to go to all the parties” says Michelle, choose some you want to go to, some you will attend but not drink and some you will give a miss to preserve your sanity. 

4. Make a Plan

Australian Institute of Fitness Master Coach Thamsin Dunn has a genius method for maintaining her fitness during the silly season. “Every Sunday night, work out your diary for the coming week” Thamsin says, ensuring you include lots of exercise, and lots of nutritious food around any events. 

5. Set boundaries

“Make a contract with yourself” advises Thamsin. Whether it’s a cap on consuming under 5 units of alcohol per week or committing to eating 5 serves of veggies each day regardless of the occasion, it’s a lot harder to break the rules if you make them yourself. 

6. Stay Flexible

“I like to see the holiday period as a challenge to work fitness into tricky situations” says Australian Institute of Fitness Master Coach, Rob Hadley. Be flexible in your approach to your exercise; if you find yourself home later than expected from yet another Christmas drinks go for a run around the block or try a circuit at home.

7. Get Social

Leg day is after all a pain best shared. Rob suggests finding someone who also wants to keep their health on track over the holidays and motivate and challenge each other. For an extra challenge, try our partner workout.

8. Mix Up Your Fitness if You’re Going on Holidays

“I quite often advise clients to change it up or if they are going away” says Rob. Whether you find your hotel doesn't actually have a gym or forget your running shoes, find creative ways around it like body weight circuits or barefoot beach running. 

9. Rest

The festive season can deplete your energy so ensure you’re resting enough so that your exercise sessions are still having an impact. 

10. Enjoy Yourself

It may sound controversial, but make sure you cut yourself some slack over the holidays so you feel refreshed and keen to smash your fitness goals in 2016.  

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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