How to get back into shape after the holidays

Have you found that your pants are feeling a bit tight full version of plague inc? The majority of us put on a bit of weight over the holidays, but there’s no need to feel guilty – it’s not just you – we’re in this together. So, let us help you design your 2016 bulge-bashing plan.

“Where do I begin?”

It’s actually quite simple: get back into your daily routine, which includes exercising and following a healthy diet.

Firstly, you need to start eating healthy meals at regular times! Chances are that your breakfast up until now, has been those delicious holiday leftovers – STOP now! Find a balance between healthy (unrefined) carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and bring those veggies back into your diet.

We know your finances might be tight, but that doesn’t mean that you have to eat crackers and sandwiches; there are many affordable, healthy options, which include:

  • Fruits
  • Yoghurt
  • Oats
  • Lean meats, fish and poultry
  • Salads
  • A variety of veggies
  • Whole-grain bread
  • Nuts

These are especially good options for work meals and snacks. It’s also a good idea to work out a budget and stick to it. Remember to stay away from fried, salty foods – these are high in calories.

Once you have your eating plan sorted, you need to combine with a balanced exercise programme.

Rule #1: Start off slow: pace yourself and remember to warm up and cool down properly. Why not try:

  • Daily 30-minute walks, jogs or long-distance runs
  • A few laps each day in the pool
  • Hikes
  • Bicycle rides

This will help your body get back into the swing of things by speeding up your metabolism and heart rate, which will kick-start your body to burn calories; your muscles will also become familiar with the exercise.

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If you belong to a gym, why not combine a programme that includes: cardio; strength and core workouts? In the new year, work is going to start to pick up again and you’re probably worried that you won’t have time to exercise. Don’t worry! Here are a couple of workouts that only take a few minutes that you can even do during your lunch break!

And there it is! The perfect guide to help you get back into your daily routine.