It happens every year: the battle with Christmas food. From October to December, supermarkets seem to be full of Christmas-inspired treats. Mince pies, pannetone, special breads, not to mention brandy butter, brandy cream, three-meat roasts. It doesn't end.
Christmas is supposed to be a time of fun, indulgence, and family, but it can get you down when you can't fit into the clothes you've received as Christmas presents because you've over done it.
In a bid to beat the Christmas bulge, I've decided to make a few changes in the run up to Christmas, so I look my shining best during the festive period, and won't have to hurriedly diet before New Years Eve.
Firstly, be realistic. It's pointless making goals like waking up at 5am to exercise before work. It's not feasible, nor will you be as productive at early hours, and you're more likely to dread exercise, rather than embrace it.
Get into a routine. Once you've taken the first step, turn it into a habit. If you start to exercise in the mornings, make sure you do it regularly. If you work out after work, try and stick to it. The body loves routine because it helps to regulate sleep patterns, which in turn makes you happier during the hours you need to be awake and alert for.
Push yourself. It sound a bit scary, but no one ever got anywhere by doing things by half.
Commit. Why not? We make small sacrifices in life, so we can enjoy bigger and better rewards, so why not do the same this Christmas? It may be a bit frustrating, not being able to eat the mince pies going round the office, but you'll be thankful when you get to eat to your heart's content on Christmas day.
Do it with a friend.
It has been reported that dieting or having a gym buddy, increases your likelihood of sticking to a plan because it taps into your competitive streak. I have friends who work out with fellow mates and they see each other as personal trainers, who push each other in the gym. However you look at it, beating the bulge with a friend makes it more fun.
Make healthier choices.
If you only make one change try running. It's simple and will yield results quickly. Countless times have I gone for a jog, and it has turned into a medal worthy run. Running is addictive, and there's something satisfying in the simplicity of pulling on a pair of trainers and getting rather sweaty.