Coach Stretch’s best tips for surviving the Christmas Chaos!
It’s that crazy time of year again where the social gatherings can play havoc with the daily routine.
We have worked so hard throughout the year to improve our quality of life, and it can all take a massive step backwards in December and January if we are not careful.
Here are some tips to help you survive the upcoming madness.
1. Stay active – try to stick to your training schedule and not miss a session. If you’re going on holidays, search for a local gym or include some bodyweight or running interval sessions.
Those who take time off training will feel like they are starting again from scratch when they return to the gym.
2. Social Events
1. Eat before you go – avoid the unhealthy snacks and food
2. Chew your food and take breaks between feasts – digestion starts in the mouth, and many of us do not chew our food enough. Imagine you are eating fish with bones in it, this will encourage you to chew every part of your meal.
3. Support digestive health – Apple cider vinegar and digestive enzymes are a great tool to help digest and absorb food nutrients. A glass of water with apple cider vinegar on an empty stomach in the morning can go a long way to improving digestive health
4. Do you best to avoid sugar and gluten – its everywhere and it is the devil.
5. Plan your social calendar – too often the social events can screw with your natural habits and routines. Try to pick the critical social gatherings and skip the non-important ones.
6. Booze is 100% not healthy, not even in moderation. Every drink is a step further away from your goals. If you are going to drink, try to avoid beer and wine as they contain high levels of chemicals, empty calories, sugar, yeast and gluten. A top-shelf vodka or gin with soda and lime would be the cleanest option.
7. Booze part 2 – if you are going to drink you should follow the 1:1 protocol – for each alcoholic drink you should drink a glass of mineral water. Yes, mineral water is better for you than plain water. Why? Because Australian water is not very good, we have zero levels of magnesium in our water and magnesium is an essential mineral for health and performance. Our bodies use magnesium for over 300 different enzymes including hormones like insulin (sugar management), sex hormones, thyroid hormones (metabolism), growth hormone (your ability to recover) and processes like new red blood cell creation.
8. Booze part 3 – prevent the hangover. When you get home you want to:
1. Consume 800mg of magnesium glycinate
2. Consume 1.5Liters of Mineral Water
3. Consume 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt (electrolytes)
4. Consume fresh lime juice (high in vitamin C)
5. The following day does not consume coffee or painkillers. Take a cold shower and practice some breathing exercises.
9. Reflect on your year and make a note of all the positive things that have happened this year. Be grateful for the life you have and the opportunities that you have. Stop and think about what you want to achieve in the new year and how you are going to work towards these new goals.
If December is a lousy month, try to make sure January does not follow suit.
Enjoy the festive season and take care of yourself. If you choose to indulge try to follow some of the above suggestions and then get back on track as soon as possible.