If the frequency by which Home Alone has appeared on TV as of late and the ‘Last Orders’ emails we keep getting are anything to go by, then we would say the festive season is firmly upon us. Stress levels are on the up, panic shopping engaged and hibernation is a go.
So when you’re trying to juggle everything at once, and fight off the food-induced comas, what can we do to stay active this year?
Your daily routine may be disrupted, but it’s easy to work in a few laps at the pool, or the occasional Pilates class amongst all the chaos. Here’s our top tips for staying active this Christmas.
Hit The Gym
Whether you’re a regular gym goer, or a total beginner, the gym is a great place to stay active throughout the winter. A lot of gyms are open 7 days a week, even over the Christmas holidays (though opening times might be reduced) so there’s no excuse why you can’t get out and get the blood pumping.
Check out what classes are on offer in your local sports centre. Pilates may sound boring to some, but it’s fantastic for building core balance and strength. The great thing about Pilates is that if you know the basics, you can continue to train at home in your own time. If you can squeeze in a quick 15 mins of Pilates exercise each morning, you’ll feel better for it throughout the Christmas period. It even aids digestion, especially helpful for those extra roast potatoes!
Swimming is a brilliant all-round work out and if you have access to a pool, then take advantage of it over the Christmas season. It works all the muscles, helps with core strength and water is a natural relaxant for the mind and body. It may seem like a lot of effort, but getting a few laps in each day will help your overall well-being, and keep your head cool during this manic time.