3 Tips to Stay ‘Fit’ over Christmas

Are you wondering what is the best way to stay in shape over Christmas?

With the many social appointments, temptations and traditions of the festive period come a threat to our levels of fitness.

However, there is no need to worry - nobody can operate at peak discipline and consistency at all times. Even professional athletes have the off-season to refresh their minds and bodies, to recover from the previous cycle and prepare for the next in equal measure. Professional athletes perform maintenance over this period - attempting to maintain a sufficient level of physical fitness so they are better prepared for their return to action. We can take these principles and apply them to the ‘off-season’ for most of the general public, the Christmas period.

1 - Train Consistently

Let's keep the first tip as simple as possible!

Commit to your gym schedule and attend regularly (even if not as regularly as you have at other points during the year). The training program here at Nikafit will ensure that you expend more calories, in theory giving you a greater room to make ‘nutritional mishaps’ without them having as a dramatic effect on your waistline as if you suddenly decide to abandon both your nutritional and training stimulus. The training stimulus (resistance training) will also help to maintain and grow muscle and if you are consuming more calories than you regularly do - you can use these extra calories to fuel your training session and perhaps grow muscle/strength over December - even if the weight on the scales also goes up.

It is true that you cannot out-train a bad diet but keeping a consistent training schedule can help to mitigate some of the effects that a less than optimal diet can have in the short term (Christmas).

2 - Eat enough Protein

Eating sufficient protein is critical to maintaining muscle mass. Numerous studies have shown the importance of consuming protein as part of the diet to maintain and grow muscle mass. Avoiding muscle wastage over Christmas when your training is not as intense or regular as usual will be very helpful to avoid a steep regression in ability, and will make it easier to pick up closer to where you left off when your regular gym routine resumes in the New Year.