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Keeping on track over the festive period

Many people fall off the exercise bandwagon at Christmas, or rule out the idea of getting into shape during the festive period, assuming there is no point in starting until the New Year

But given that one of the biggest barriers to exercise is lack of time, a break from the usual routine can provide the ideal opportunity to begin or maintain physical activity." Staying active over Christmas not only reduces your chances of gaining weight, it also helps energise you, reduces stress and gives you a break.

While it would be rather Scrooge-like to suggest that you forgo all treats and extras at Christmas, you can limit the damage by selecting your festive foods more carefully. "Try choosing healthier nibbles like pretzels, roasted chestnuts, unsalted nuts, dried fruits or Satsuma’s instead of crisps and chocolate

Starting Christmas day with breakfast is a wise idea. "You might be tempted to skip breakfast, but this is just likely to make you overindulge later on,

One way of limiting the likelihood of over-indulging is to choose your outfit carefully. Steer clear of elasticated or loose waistbands - a fitted waistband will give you a benchmark of tightness. If the waistband fits in the morning, it should still fit by the evening. It's a harsh wake-up call when you need to undo your top button to cram in another helping of roast potatoes or mince pies

Don't feel obliged to eat more than you normally would, just because it's Christmas. Turning down seconds doesn't mean you didn't enjoy your meal - it's just that you have had enough.

"But lets face it, it's not the amount you exercise and eat between Christmas and New Year that is the real problem - it's what you do between New Year and Christmas that makes the real difference," So lets have a killer 2018 in the gym and kitchen


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