Surviving The Festive Season

For some of us, the festive season has started. Unfortunately, if you are not careful it can also be a time for fat gain – the result of more food and alcohol and less time for exercise. With a little bit of planning, you can keep those extra centimetres off your waistline.

  • Get moving – Food isn’t always the enemy, the lack of activity is. Start the day with a bit of exercise, especially if you know you’re going to a party or function later in the day. Put the workouts in your calendar as you would a social event.
  • 5 canapé rule – 5 canapés equal a full meal in terms of the number of kilojoules consumed so choose carefully at functions.
  • Don’t go to a function hungry – Fill your stomach with healthy snacks (fruit, handful of nuts) and lots of water before you go and you’ll less likely to over-indulge on high fat pastries, chips and dips. When you are hungry, you tend to eat more.
  • Set yourself an alcohol limit – Free drinks doesn’t mean free kilojoules. Keep in mind that you’ll need to walk for about 30 minutes to burn off a standard (not bottomless) glass of champagne. Try sipping your drinks slowly (set a limit of just 1 drink every 40-60 minutes) or alternating one alcoholic drink with a glass of water.
  • Dance the night away – Hitting the dance floor can burn up some of the kilojoules in the food and drinks.

Enjoy the festive season but aim to get back on track with your healthy eating and exercise habits as close to Boxing Day as possible.




Andrew is the owner and principal trainer of Health Jigsaw. He is a highly sought-after trainer and has been a personal trainer since 1997. Andrew has previously worked in a five-star luxury resort, large fitness centres and an exclusive personal training studio.

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