Times of joy and celebration are on their way again, at Christmas, gathering with family and friends, workmates, gym buddies, and once again we’re sure to owe a debt for our excesses.
This year, ask the 3 Wise Kings for a healthy life, and if they happen to be busy winging gifts to children, the following are some titbits of advice to have an even better time this Xmas and not to let our body pay the bill.
Sleep and rest properly.
Make the most of these holidays to rest while you have the time that’s lacking throughout the year. Having time away from our obligations to sleep and rest properly is one of the big issues of our time. If we factor in the habit of going out, overdoing it and going out again…
Be aware of the causes and benefits of sleeping well, and dedicate time to R&R. Just remember one thing, it doesn’t do any good to only train hard, without rest the results aren’t good.
Try to find time to do at least 30 minutes of exercise a day.
The cold and the festivities means that during the holidays the sedentary lifestyle plays a greater role in our daily lives. This plus the fact that it’s the time of year when our consumption habits are at a high, whether it be food or alcohol, try always to dedicate 30 minutes to walking, running, cycling, gym training or daily exercises at home, but make sure to move as well as celebrate.
The process of dehydration leads to overeating during the day. In Winter it’s easier to train dehydrated, thanks to climatological factors and the reduction in consumption of liquids. So keep yourself hydrated, drink between 2 and 2.5 litres of water a day and try not to overdo it with alcohol, sugar, and festive exertions.
Eat with moderation.
In every celebration there’s food that we like, you can and you should try at least a little of everything, but it’s in your hands to say enough is enough. Limit the quantities and try to serve portions that you’re going to eat without needing to repeat. Be aware of the foods you consume and what effect they will have, and by interiorising this idea you will help your mind to select those nutrients that are beneficial for your health and wellbeing. One way to compensate the ingestion of those foods that are not beneficial is to tend towards detox foods outside of the festivities.
It’s the time for festivity, family, and friends, and what better way to show them how much you care about them than by preparing healthy recipes. Organising a family meal out to burn those calories and going to some place out of the way, to enjoy the R&R, or if not, put these titbits of advice into practice, and leave the Wise Kings for the children.