Is it just me, or does life right now feel like one big party?! Last weekend we went to two Christmas get togethers, and next weekend we'll be hitting another two. Then there are work festive parties, family gatherings and impromptu trips to the pub (and Fortnum's champagne bar!) - this time of year is a marathon, not a sprint! So how do you get a little balance at a time when excess is very much the norm? Last week I caught up with the dynamic duo that is Wellness Ed and Wellness Ted at Lululemon Regent Street to hear their thoughts on having a healthy-ish Christmas - because if anyone knows balance it's these two.
Exercise at Christmas is all about listening to your body and feeling good - if you're mega hungover a HITT workout probably isn't the best idea, just think about all the things that could go wrong when you shake up a dodgy stomach! Instead switch it up and go for some nice low intensity, steady state movement instead (aka mindless podcast pace). In fact, if you're drowning in a hangover it's probably best just to stay home and rest up, alcohol slows down muscle growth and recovery, so you could end up doing yourself more harm than good.
No time to train? Work more movement in to every day life - get off the tube early and walk to work, take the stairs, dance your ass off at the work Christmas party - every little helps. Oh and you could always run home from your night out...
We've all done it, gone on a night out promising ourselves we'd alternate drinks being sure to glug down a pint of water between every shot and it never ever happens. The solution? Don't try. Well ok, drink in moderation, but try vodka lime and soda (alcohol and hydration in one!), skip the shots and sugary cocktails (all of the empty calories), and get expensive taste in wine (if you order a nice drink you'll make it last longer, maybe).
Ok, so it's not really about drinking, but socialising is good for your mental health, and you will definitely regret the nights you stay in nursing a green juice rather than heading out to hangout with your crew. It's also worth remembering drinking is optional, there are some fab soft options (Fentiman's Rose Lemonade is amazing) if you feel like having a night off.
Have a hangover? Coffee and asprine are your friends, and Ted advocates staying in bed as long as possible, willing it to end. And an egg McMuffin if you get up early enough (a double cheese burger if you don't).
Oh Christmas, the season of eating all of the food! Bottom line, if over indulgence makes you feel bad, then don't do it, but if you want to fill your boots then why not! After all, Christmas is all about Christmas dinner. Plus if you put on a bit of weight then you've got a year of Transformation Tuesday pictures ready to go (kidding!!).
If you are after some balance (particularly when you feel a little delicate) there are a few things you can do. Try your best to listen to your body and give it a fighting chance by prepping food in advance when you know the day is going to be a struggle (stash breakfast and lunch in the work fridge - not only will you have something good to eat, you also won't have to go far to get it! Be sure to lick it before you shove it in there). Really fancy a takeaway, but already had a few treats, try a fake-away for the junk food hit without the junk food - the Food Medic's fish and parsnip chips were raved about, Joe Wick's apparently does an excellent breaded chicken and home made pizza for the win!
Bottom line, wellness is not just about green juice and veggies, it's about doing what makes you feel good. Christmas is a a special time, it's a celebration and an event, the get togethers around Christmas are what make us feel good and it would be a shame to miss out just because mince pies aren't exactly nutritionally dense, they will make you super happy!
What are your tips for having a healthy-ish Christmas?