The festive season often comes hand in hand with indulgence of tempting treats and massive feasts. While it’s a time for celebration, it can also pose challenges to those wanting to keep their nutrition and fitness on track. With mindful planning and a  bit of festive spirit, you can still celebrate without derailing your wellness journey.

1. Set Realistic Expectations:

Embrace the reality that the festive holidays are a special time meant for enjoyment. Rather than aiming for perfection, set realistic expectations for yourself. Allow flexibility in your routine without compromising your overall wellness goals.

2. Plan Your Indulgences:

Identify the festivities or meals where you’d like to indulge a bit more. Plan these moments consciously, and enjoy them without guilt. Knowing when to treat yourself can help you strike a balance between enjoyment and mindful eating.

3. Stay Hydrated:

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the New Year, it’s easy to forget the basics. Keep a water bottle handy and stay hydrated. Adequate water intake not only supports digestion but can also help curb unnecessary snacking.

4. Prioritise Protein:

Amidst the array of holiday treats, don’t neglect your protein intake. Ensure that your meals include a good source of protein, which not only supports muscle health but also helps you feel satiated, reducing the temptation for excessive snacking.

5. Choose Mindful Indulgences:

When faced with a buffet of treats, opt for mindful indulgences. Choose treats that truly bring you joy, and enjoy each bite. Quality over quantity is the key to enjoying festive treats without overindulging.

6. Incorporate Festive Fitness:

Make physical activity a part of your break. Whether it’s a family walk after a meal, a festive dance-off, or a winter sport, find enjoyable ways to stay active. It not only supports your fitness goals but also adds an extra layer of joy to the season. 

  1. Prepare Healthy Contributions:

If you’re attending gatherings, contribute a healthy dish to share. This ensures there’s a nutritious option available, and you won’t solely rely on potentially indulgent offerings.

8. Listen to Your Body:

Practice intuitive eating by tuning in to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. Enjoy your meals slowly and be mindful of how your body responds. This can help prevent overeating and promote a healthier relationship with food.

9. Plan Your Workouts:

Don’t let your fitness routine take a back seat. Schedule your workouts in advance, considering the commitments. Whether it’s a home workout, a gym session (here is a link to the Xmas timetable), or a virtual class, having a plan increases the likelihood of staying active. For anyone who wants to participate in a home workout, we have a selection available here: [LINK]

10. Enjoy Yourself!

Above all, enjoy your break! Focus on creating memorable moments with loved ones, enjoy the holidays. By prioritising the overall experience, you’ll find that maintaining a balance between festive indulgence and wellness is not only achievable but also enjoyable.

Cheers to a Healthy and Happy Christmas!

As you navigate the chaos of the festive season, remember that the essence of the holidays lies in the moments shared with loved ones. By approaching nutrition and fitness with a balanced mindset, you can enjoy the festivities while keeping your well-being in check. 

Have a very happy Christmas and great 2024 from the Team at CrossFit Choice!

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