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Maintain your fitness this Christmas

It's a time for mulled wine and mince pies, parties and Prosecco - so maintaining fitness can be tricky right now. But thanks to a group of top Surrey fitness experts, we've sorted some top tips to keep you in top form.

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It is essential to let your hair down and enjoy your favourite wine, nibbles and treats over the festive period. Why? Because you deserve it! But this can be enjoyed without losing sight of your fitness – and while we certainly aren’t suggesting you hit the gym on Christmas Eve, it’s great to keep your fitness mojo going over the festive period to keep that motivation going!

Here are some top tips from Surrey’s fitness finest on how to make the most of Christmas without overdoing it!

1) Keep active!

Sharon Marett-Gregory, Pilates and aerobics instructor at Busylizzy Caterham & Coulsdon, suggests keeping moving over the festive period.

“Keep active – keep sane! If your regular class is not running over the festive season, grab whoever you can for a brisk walk in the cold. It might take some persuading but it’s quality family time and it really increases the endorphins and raises your energy levels, not forgetting the fat burning benefits too.

“If you have been sitting around watching those Christmas movies, get yourself up and do some pilates roll downs to mobilise your spine.
Also, enjoy your down time and consider some quiet moments of relaxation or meditation. Give yourself time to quieten your mind and declutter to manage stress. You will feel calmer and able to cope better with the usual Christmas stress. Most of all – enjoy!”
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2) Don’t stray too far from your routine
Sarah Rounce, founder of The Wellwoman Fitness Foundation, says it’s important to enjoy yourself without losing sight of your wellness.
“Wrap up warm and keep moving – indoors or out! Strengthening movements are also great as they will get the circulation flowing and heart rate and heat increasing!
“Mobilising movements will work on your ability to keep moving and to stop things seizing up, while stretching will open out the body and release tension.
“Book a regular class too – try and pay up front so that you are more committed to going, or sign up to workouts you can do at home with expert tuition.”
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3) Keep fit in twos
Francesca Lovely Heeks, from The Thames Club in Staines-upon-Thames, says having a workout buddy makes it all so much easier!

“Find a friend to share your winter workouts. Having someone to train with can help motivate you to keep up your fitness training. After all, nobody likes to let down a friend when you have agreed to meet up for a workout!”

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4) Reset your goals

We’re all busy over the festive period so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do too much. Meet with your fitness instructor and reset realistic goals that you can achieve over the festive season. You might want to reduce the duration of your workouts to fit in that Christmas shopping. They could recommend a quick HIIT workout so you achieve the same in a shorter space of time!

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5) Switch it up

Why not try something new for some renewed enthusiasm? Take a plunge into the pool instead of a gym session or try a new fitness class.

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6) The early bird catches the worm

Don’t be tempted to hit that snooze button in the morning which means you miss your workout session. Once you’re awake, jump up and make your time count. Once you get into a routine, the days of snooze buttons will be long forgotten and you’ll feel great for it!

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7) Try something hot

When it’s cold outside, there’s no better time to warm up and get your sweat on with a hot yoga class for amazing benefits for your mind, body and soul. Just some of the benefits are increased flexibility, calorie burn, increased blood flow and circulation, improved fitness, cleansed skin and a relaxed, clear mind.

Words by Kirstie Pickering

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