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Happy Healthy Christmas?

Happy Healthy Christmas?

80% of what you look like is based on your diet, so we can safely assume that we will all look a lot fatter after Christmas!! Whilst no amount of exercise can erase a bad diet there are small things that we can all do to lessen the damage!

If you think of all the hard work that you have put into classes and general activities throughout the year as ‘toys in the pram’ then it would seem childish to throw them all out of the pram, wouldn’t it?

I can see the frown on your face as you start to sense a lecture on the horizon! Another word that can be made from the word ‘lecture’ is ‘cruel’ so I have decided to abandon that idea and just talk about common sense instead. Happier?!

First, let’s attack the exercise (or lack of) and understand that higher intensity = less time needed.  A fast walk can be completed in 20 minutes and be as beneficial as a slow walk that takes an hour.  The same goes for any activity that gets you moving.  So walk faster, jump higher, dance funkier (go on lose those inhibitions!), the different ways to use more energy are simple and many.

From January to November we know that the more we eat the more we have to move.

***News Flash ***Its the same in December!

Now for the food and drink-fest:

When we fall off the healthy eating wagon at Christmas we do it in style – from snacking on fruit and filling up on wholegrains we suddenly start grazing all day and have three course feasts, eating everything in sight – even the chocolates we don’t really like.

A little bit of self control will go a long way to preventing that awful post Christmas guilt.  Note I only said a ‘little’. Getting a balance is what we need.

Enjoy a small amount of the things you love the most, and leave the foods that you’re indifferent about, or those you would not normally enjoy.  I know, it’s weird and we all do it.  I usually find myself eating things like chocolate orange segments that for 11 months of the year I hate!

If you love all sweets then allow yourself a handful but imagine me shouting PUT THE PACK AWAY! – it’s usually the first few mouthfuls we enjoy the most.

I read recently that it is important to ‘stay conscious’ about your health over Christmas.  I initially thought the article would be about staying conscious rather than unconscious due to mulled wine or the like!

I don’t think many of us will actually end up in that state but our choices do become a lot less intelligent once we have enjoyed a few drinks.  The result, excess calories in food and drink, a lose lose situation.

The only motivation you need to accomplish all of the above is to imagine how wonderful it will feel to not have to add ‘lose my Christmas weight’ to your New Year’s resolution list.’

I will leave you with that thought and of course the very best of seasonal good wishes.

Have a very happy & healthy Christmas.  Tess






About the Author

I have been involved in fitness all my life but never been hugely competitive. Entering the world of fitness instructor, personal trainer and nutrition advisor, I leant how simple it is to stay in shape without becoming a gym fanatic or elite athlete. I am neither, by the way!

So after 17 years of managing the swimming school and taking rowing classes at Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, I decided it was time to do something that would give me a different type of job satisfaction. Offering a service that directly influences someone’s wellbeing, seemed a good choice.

So, I studied the mechanics of exercise versus body shape and began to understand why so many people who have exercise routines that sometimes seem excessive, never see the changes they are hoping for. This led me to I set up Tessfit which tackles this conundrum. It is a real mix and match offering between nutrition and weight management advice, fitness classes and personal training. A combination which is proving to be highly successful for everyone involved.

I now work from home and run my classes and indoor Personal Training sessions at Venture Fitness in Newton Abbot. It is a great balance and not only do I love my work, I also get to spend more time with my family which is invaluable.​.

2 responses to “Happy Healthy Christmas?”

  1. Sally says:

    Hi Tess
    Thank you for all the fun I have had and all the benefits I have reaped from attending your classes in 2015.
    I have most definitely improved my shape as well as my fitness, very satisfactory! Especially as I have enjoyed doing it. I never thought I would say that any exercise classes were fun but yours certainly are, and you have a great bunch of clients who are a pleasure to spend time with.
    I fear damage will be suffered over Christmas, but I am already looking forward to the classes in 2016. I know they will soon get me back in shape, with a smile.
    Thanks Again and Happy Chistmas to All.

    • Tess Irons says:

      Hi Sally,
      Thanks for your message, the sort of comments you made really do make my job- satisfaction rise dramatically! It has been an unexpected pleasure to have you as a part of Tessfit for the full year and I am happy to know you will be bringing your smiles and enthusiasm back again next year.

      Happy Christmas to you too.

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