Fitness & Christmas Parties…

Hey guys,

I hope you are all having a fantastic week?

Christmas parties are around the corner and I know that you guys like to indulge over the festive period (as do we, on occasion) I thought an email on how to maintain your fitness and how to cope with the onslaught of food and booze I know is coming your way would be a great idea so here we go.

We know it is important to maintain your fitness levels all year round but particularly over the next 5 or 6 weeks, as the fitter you are and the more regularly you exercise, the better you can cope with the potentially fattening food and alcohol most of us consume over Christmas and New Year. Have a look here for more on alcohol.

The more consistent your exercise regime, the better your body will metabolise alcohol and extra calories in the shape of refined carbohydrates and bad fats. Many people stop training as much as they normally would with the notion that it doesn’t matter and they will start in the New Year. Similarly, people about to start an exercise programme put off starting now, and use this festive period as a break with a view to starting in the New Year with the old New Years Resolution. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t work and the New Years resolution about getting in shape is the one broken the most. Start now with your exercise plan and hit the ground running. Don’t wait until after Christmas when you may be in worse shape than you are now.

Another important area to look at is dehydration. Excess alcohol will dehydrate you rapidly, and if you are a regular gym user your performance will be seriously impaired unless proper steps to hydrate are taken. During the day make sure you are topped up on good quality water, and if you are out then drink a glass of water between glasses of alcohol, well unless you are a fan of hangovers šŸ™‚

At our Movember Charity Boot camp we were very kindly provided with several cases of Vita Coco coconut water for all our participants. For those that haven’t tried this product then you must. It really is very good. Here is what Vita Coco had to say:

“Training with UCB is the real deal and that is why we recommend you rehydrate with the real deal too. Vita Coco 100% natural coconut water is jam-packed with naturally occurring electrolytes including more potassium than a banana, so it is a great way to rehydrate the body during and post workout and help the muscles repair quickly. What’s more, it tastes delicious too, and is fat-free, low cal and notably is never from concentrate, containing no additives, preservatives or any added sugar. Vita Coco is a great choice for truly natural hydration whether you’re new to UCB and fitness or training for your next marathon or fitness competition.”

For more information >>>>>Click Here<<<<<

A personal favourite of ours is to mix one of these with two scoops of whey protein which then makes a fantastic post workout drink. Check out our Flickr Album from the big day, and yes, that is Tom and I in fancy dress. I went for the Victorian strongman and Tom went for the American cop. Both perfectly suited I think.

Have a great weekend ahead.

Gavin.

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