12 Simple Ways to Stay Fit Over The Festive Season
December 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Christmas can be a time where we tend to over indulge, there’s no two ways about it. Shopping, family meetings and countless tins of Roses and Quality Street. It can be tough to stay on top of your exercise and healthy eating.

Thankfully though, there are lots of simple ways to help you stay on track while you still enjoy the festive season. We at The Sharpe have come up with a list of the easiest things you can do to help stay healthy over the next few weeks.

1. Avoid Too Many Alcoholic Drinks

Alcoholic drinks, especially those you tend to drink at Christmas such as eggnog and baileys, should be kept to a minimum during the festive season. So next time you are asked to go down to the pub for a couple of drinks, it might be a good idea to say no. Chances are your friends won’t be too offended and there will be something fairly decent on the box.

medusa-drinking-game

2. Keep Over-Indulging to a Minimum

I know at Christmas, it’s your chance to treat yourself. However, try to keep these days to a minimum. Maybe pick 2 days where you know there will be a lot of indulging and stick to them, perhaps Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or Christmas Day and St. Stephens Day. Eating things which are high in calories and not what you usually eat can cause you to feel deflated, so we would want to keep those days to a minimum.

3. Keep Moving

It can be so easy to just become a couch potato during the holidays. Getting out of your usual routine and staying in one place is easy, but it would be a good idea to keep moving. Perhaps an evening or morning jog could do you some good over your Christmas. Another option could be to head out and see your local Christmas market. Soak up the atmosphere and activities at any of these Six Wonderful Irish Christmas Markets Worth Visiting.

six-wonderful-irish-christmas-markets-worth-vising

4. Don’t Feel Pressured During Christmas Dinner

It can be hard to understand why people are pressured into finishing ridiculously large Christmas dinners. If you feel like you are going to explode or are getting nauseous, then don’t finish it. There is no reason to feel ill from eating a Christmas dinner. Your body will thank you in the long-run for nudging away Auntie Mary’s second helping of famous spuds!

5. Pour The Gravy Sauces Lightly

Put plain and simply, don’t over indulge in sauces. These tend to be used to excess and they are full of calories so don’t go drowning the turkey. When Mary pulls out the gravy boat for her mountain of mash, all we can say is be strong lads, she’s coming in fast!

pour-the-gravy-sauces-lightly

6. Cook Carefully

If you happen to be the one cooking the delicious Christmas dinner, perhaps look into some festive healthy options to choose from. A simple tip would be not to use excessive amounts of oil and salts for roasting.

7. Think Before You Eat

If you happen to be on the other side of the kitchen and your mum or partner is cooking the festive dinner, decide to eat something healthy or maybe ask for an alternative to be made available at the table. Planning on heading out and meeting friends for food? Why not check out one of our clean eating guides, there’s countless tasty and healthy restaurants around the country.

six-of-the-best-restaurants-for-clean-eating-in-kildare

8. Eat Before Heading Out

We would recommend eating before you go out, so after spending a day shopping you aren’t heading to the nearest burger shack and then heading for a painful food coma that evening! Alternatively, make a packed lunch so instead of indulging in an unhealthy meal while you are out, you can enjoy your own healthy grub.

9. Set Realistic Goals

If you plan to work out a lot during the Christmas holidays, do not be unrealistic with these goals. Christmas holidays are a busy time and between getting all the shopping done, cooking the dinner and putting up the Christmas tree you might find yourself a bit frazzled. So maybe instead of a strict routine, you might cut back a bit at Christmas, that way you are more likely to set realistic targets in the New Year.

12-simple-ways-to-stay-fit-over-the-festive-season

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satisfy your appetite, while also keeping you hydrated at all times. It might also help prevent a possible hangover if you do end up overdoing it on the fizzy drinks.

11. Avoid Festive Drinks

Just like with alcohol, festive coffee’s tend to be absolutely jam packed full of calories. It would be wise not to treat yourself to too many Starbucks gingerbread’s or cinnamon cookies. Instead, maybe opt for no whipped cream or extra toppings. If your interested in trying out a nice wholesome hot drink, check out these Healthy Alternatives to Festive Coffees in Ireland.

finding-healthy-alternatives-to-festive-coffees-in-ireland

12. Enjoy Yourself

Enjoying yourself is really important too. You don’t want to ruin the joy of Christmas by worrying too much about your health. While incorporating these tips, tricks and exercise, you should be fine to keep fit and enjoy Christmas as much as possible.

So now you no longer have to worry about getting completely out of shape when in the festive spirit. You can incorporate these methods and still enjoy Christmas as always. Happy Holidays!

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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12 Simple Ways to Stay Fit Over The Festive Season
December 21, 2017 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Christmas can be a time where we tend to over indulge, there’s no two ways about it. Shopping, family meetings and countless tins of Roses and Quality Street. It can be tough to stay on top of your exercise and healthy eating.

Thankfully though, there are lots of simple ways to help you stay on track while you still enjoy the festive season. We at The Sharpe have come up with a list of the easiest things you can do to help stay healthy over the next few weeks.

1. Avoid Too Many Alcoholic Drinks

Alcoholic drinks, especially those you tend to drink at Christmas such as eggnog and baileys, should be kept to a minimum during the festive season. So next time you are asked to go down to the pub for a couple of drinks, it might be a good idea to say no. Chances are your friends won’t be too offended and there will be something fairly decent on the box.

medusa-drinking-game

2. Keep Over-Indulging to a Minimum

I know at Christmas, it’s your chance to treat yourself. However, try to keep these days to a minimum. Maybe pick 2 days where you know there will be a lot of indulging and stick to them, perhaps Christmas Eve and Christmas Day or Christmas Day and St. Stephens Day. Eating things which are high in calories and not what you usually eat can cause you to feel deflated, so we would want to keep those days to a minimum.

3. Keep Moving

It can be so easy to just become a couch potato during the holidays. Getting out of your usual routine and staying in one place is easy, but it would be a good idea to keep moving. Perhaps an evening or morning jog could do you some good over your Christmas. Another option could be to head out and see your local Christmas market. Soak up the atmosphere and activities at any of these Six Wonderful Irish Christmas Markets Worth Visiting.

six-wonderful-irish-christmas-markets-worth-vising

4. Don’t Feel Pressured During Christmas Dinner

It can be hard to understand why people are pressured into finishing ridiculously large Christmas dinners. If you feel like you are going to explode or are getting nauseous, then don’t finish it. There is no reason to feel ill from eating a Christmas dinner. Your body will thank you in the long-run for nudging away Auntie Mary’s second helping of famous spuds!

5. Pour The Gravy Sauces Lightly

Put plain and simply, don’t over indulge in sauces. These tend to be used to excess and they are full of calories so don’t go drowning the turkey. When Mary pulls out the gravy boat for her mountain of mash, all we can say is be strong lads, she’s coming in fast!

pour-the-gravy-sauces-lightly

6. Cook Carefully

If you happen to be the one cooking the delicious Christmas dinner, perhaps look into some festive healthy options to choose from. A simple tip would be not to use excessive amounts of oil and salts for roasting.

7. Think Before You Eat

If you happen to be on the other side of the kitchen and your mum or partner is cooking the festive dinner, decide to eat something healthy or maybe ask for an alternative to be made available at the table. Planning on heading out and meeting friends for food? Why not check out one of our clean eating guides, there’s countless tasty and healthy restaurants around the country.

six-of-the-best-restaurants-for-clean-eating-in-kildare

8. Eat Before Heading Out

We would recommend eating before you go out, so after spending a day shopping you aren’t heading to the nearest burger shack and then heading for a painful food coma that evening! Alternatively, make a packed lunch so instead of indulging in an unhealthy meal while you are out, you can enjoy your own healthy grub.

9. Set Realistic Goals

If you plan to work out a lot during the Christmas holidays, do not be unrealistic with these goals. Christmas holidays are a busy time and between getting all the shopping done, cooking the dinner and putting up the Christmas tree you might find yourself a bit frazzled. So maybe instead of a strict routine, you might cut back a bit at Christmas, that way you are more likely to set realistic targets in the New Year.

12-simple-ways-to-stay-fit-over-the-festive-season

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satisfy your appetite, while also keeping you hydrated at all times. It might also help prevent a possible hangover if you do end up overdoing it on the fizzy drinks.

11. Avoid Festive Drinks

Just like with alcohol, festive coffee’s tend to be absolutely jam packed full of calories. It would be wise not to treat yourself to too many Starbucks gingerbread’s or cinnamon cookies. Instead, maybe opt for no whipped cream or extra toppings. If your interested in trying out a nice wholesome hot drink, check out these Healthy Alternatives to Festive Coffees in Ireland.

finding-healthy-alternatives-to-festive-coffees-in-ireland

12. Enjoy Yourself

Enjoying yourself is really important too. You don’t want to ruin the joy of Christmas by worrying too much about your health. While incorporating these tips, tricks and exercise, you should be fine to keep fit and enjoy Christmas as much as possible.

So now you no longer have to worry about getting completely out of shape when in the festive spirit. You can incorporate these methods and still enjoy Christmas as always. Happy Holidays!

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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