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It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the joy of Christmas does have its pitfalls. The stress of high expectations, the alcohol, high sugar and fatty food can play havoc on our physical and mental health.

We all need to know how to stay fit during Christmas, both psychologically and otherwise. Here are six tips that will keep you physically and mentally balanced this holiday season.

Stick to a budget

Most of the stress around Christmas comes from the amount of money we spend. Planning and budgeting can help eliminate this. Sit with pen and paper or in front of a computer and determine how much money you can save and spend on gifts, food and other things this holiday and stick to it.

Keep up the exercise

Everything else in your life may be on holiday, but your fitness schedule shouldn’t be. The biggest secret on how to stay fit during Christmas is to not stop being fit. If you are on your way to becoming fit, this may be the worse time of year to leave that road.

Walk everywhere you can

If you honestly don’t have time to go to the gym, don’t underestimate how much calories you can burn from walking. When you’re shopping, try to park at the farthest end of the parking lot. It may give you a better chance of finding a spot and also has the benefit of increasing your step count.

Schedule quiet time

During this time of year, traffic is horrible, the streets are crowded, and the stores are jammed with people. There is also increased demand on your time from friends and. If you don’t set some time aside to detox from the holiday chaos, you won’t be your best self, and you won’t enjoy the people you love as much as you would like.

Don’t forget the water

Between the alcohol consumption and the sodium-rich foods, we put into our body we tend to lose too much water during the festivities. This can lead to some bowel issues including constipation. Don’t forget to drink your two litres a day and be ready to drink more if you intend to have more than a couple of alcoholic beverages.

Eat slowly

This can be your secret weapon on how to stay fit during Christmas. The holiday season is a hectic time for clock watchers and those who tend to overbook themselves. Often they try to make up time by hurrying their food and drink. Try to avoid this. Eating quickly gives our body the false impression that we are not full long after we have crossed that threshold.

Don’t neglect your health this Christmas. If you want to learn about more ways to keep yourself healthy, naturally give us a call here at The Tonic Tree or feel free to send us a question throughout the contact us page

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