Festive Season Hacks

THINK BETTER | by TIM ROBARDS | 11 Dec '18

The festive season doesn't need be the undoing of all of your hard work. With a little forward planning and a few clever hacks, make it through to the New Year with your fitness goals still intact.

It's that time of year again! Stores are bulging with festive treats, end of year parties are in full swing and the temptations to over indulge are everywhere. But why shouldn’t you let your hair down and live a little? We’ve said it before – here at The Robards Method, we believe in a balanced, sustainable and realistic lifestyle. Yes, you really can have your cake and eat it.

We’re not talking total blow out which might sabotage the fitness goals you’ve worked so hard for this year. Instead, enjoy yourself while still respecting your body. Consider a few small tips that when added together will go a long way to maintaining control over your own health.

Routine

As much as possible, try to keep with your regular habits. Exercise, drink water, get enough sleep. The basics shouldn’t stop. For example, your TRM rings are portable – take them with you on holiday and exercise while soaking up some Vitamin D, boosting serotonin and improving your mobility. Don't let your fitness routine slump just because you're on holidays. 

Stick to the 7-2-1 plan

Based on 21 meals per week, 15 should be super-clean which have a balance of protein with carbohydrates from salad and vegetables and good anti-inflammatory fats. 4 meals are sensible, incorporating some carbohydrates from grains such as rice, bread and quinoa and 2 meals are relaxed, being whatever you like. Get smart and plan ahead! Schedule in your 7-2-1 meals while you’re diarising your events.

Alcohol in moderation

It’s easy to over indulge, especially when out with a crowd. Plan ahead if possible and make sure you eat before you go. Hydrate well and drink plenty of water before, during and after! Try opting for a non-alcoholic alternative eg. Kombucha in a wine glass.

Consider intermittent fasting

Regular practice helps to balance hormones and encourages the body to run on fat for energy instead of relying on carbs and processed sugar. It’s not about deprivation, it’s about smarter timing.

Experience trumps food & drink

Above all, try to cherish the time and moments you have with loved ones more than the food on the table! After all, that’s what the festive season is really about.

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