This the season when our social lives explode!
There are parties, work social events, and visiting friends and family. Along with the social outings comes food and drink of TEMPTATION in overwhelming amounts!
"Lots of things to avoid", I hear you say. "I am better off not attending!"
Life is about balance. A few carefree days in December to enjoy yourself is good for the body and the soul!
Add it up: Christmas day, boxing day 1 or 2 work parties. That amounts to 5 or 6 days where you eat some really tasty food and have a few glasses of wine to toast a great year. This will most definitely NOT destroy all your hard work. Staying healthy and fit is all about consistency. You have 365 days every year to make good choices. A few days of indulgence from time to time will be fine.
A few tips to help you out over the festive period:
* Get your workouts in, plan them in advanced and highlight when you might miss a workout, fit it in somewhere else.
* Don't starve yourself before a social event, this is the worst thing you can do. You will slow your metabolism down, making it harder for your body to burn those few extra calories to may consume.
* Don't beat yourself up. If you missed a workout, make it up the next day. You had a chocolate left by a client in the lunchroom at work - so what! Enjoy life! The stress you cause by beating yourself up will lead to excess stress hormones in your body which could can lead to more fat storage and health problems.
Author: Gareth Nock & Pam Condotta
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Gareth is a UK born fitness guru, presenter and blogger based in Toronto. He has been working in the fitness industry for the past 12 years.
In addition, he has been helping people overcome negative thought patterns and beliefs that limit them from achieving their goals.
Gareth currently teaches group exercise classes and coaches small group training at Goodlife Fitness. He also works in fitness education with the Kbell Training Academy.
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Pam is a registered Yoga instructor, Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and Personal Trainer based in Toronto. With six years experience in the field of fitness, she specializes in working with pre and post natal clients, seniors, rehabilitation and those with specialized needs.
She believes every moment should be embraced and loves helping others live free of physical, emotional and mental limitation. She also loves to cook!
You can check out her food blog recipes and Yoga class schedule here.
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