Before you all worry that I’m going to be a bit baa humbug, don’t worry, I’m not, but I do want to help all of you to try and keep your long-term goals in sight over the festive period. Statistically, Christmas is the time when most people who have embarked on a health and fitness programme fall off the healthy lifestyle wagon. Indulging in foods that we have fastidiously avoided can trigger cravings that you have to fight hard to ignore.
The Festive Feast
The essential components of a Christmas dinner are not that bad for you really. Turkey is low in saturated fat and sprouts are just little power balls of goodness. Where does it all go wrong? Potatoes cooked in goose fat, pigs in blankets, stuffing and all the other trimmings. Focus on the good stuff, have a little of the trimmings and just don’t over do it! As for the Christmas pudding, well it would be rude not to have a slice but just keep an eye on your portion control and know when to stop with the brandy sauce!
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!
I don’t know about you, but I will be having a festive walk on Christmas Day morning, not least to get the dogs out of the house, but also because it sets me up for the day with an energy-boosting blast of fresh air. Even if you don’t have a dog to walk, why not get yourselves up and out and have a brisk walk? You will feel alive and ready for the day, and it will probably stop you from going over the top with the food and drink. As always, we will be walking in between Christmas and the New Year on the 28th, 29th and 31st of December and we have walks for all ability levels ranging from Elaine’s Wellbeing walk to Claire’s rather more challenging Elmley Castle walk which is a hilly 6-mile walk. If you book now – you are committed to continuing with your good work. Leave it until later, and you might just be able to talk yourself out of it. After a few days of family, food and little activity, a great walk outside will put a spring back in your step.
Get Going in 2019
As always, we love to make a resolution or two each new year, and when it comes to health and fitness, we can help. Take a look at the range of activities we do and try something new next year. If you are just a walker, why not give indoor circuits a go or join our trek fit sessions? Having a variety of exercise sessions rather than just sticking to one type is a great way of making sure you are really working every part of your body and muscles and in different ways. Secondly, we do baseline testing so you can see your improvement and it also gives you the motivation to keep pushing yourself. It’s quite easy to think that because you are exercising you are doing what you need to, but varying your regime stops your body from getting used to one style of exercise and helps to push you towards your goals a little quicker.
All that remains for me to say is thank you to each and every one of you for all your support this year. It is your commitment and participation that makes Mercian Nordic Walking such a great team. I look forward to seeing all of you in 2019 and hope that we can continue to help you all get fitter and healthier and continue to enjoy the wonderful friendships we have formed. After all, we are all about Fun, Fitness and Friendship.