How not to overdo things during festivities

Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

One of the things I love about writing this column is all the great advice I get emailed about getting healthy and staying there. If only I could bloody follow it. I’ve had a disastrous 2023 in terms of weight and exercise after being a poster child for getting rid of the Covid pounds in 2022.

So, one of the things I’ll be promising myself once the bells of 2024 ring us in is to turn over a major new leaf.

I’ve been slowly roping in a few friends to come on the health journey with me as it’s always a motivator to have somebody to share the ups and down of that well-trodden path.

To help not make a totally dog of it during this very tempting time between the turkey and ham and the roast leg of lamb on New Year’s Day, I’m sharing these tips from personal trainer Sam Gregory at F45 Training.

You might as least be inspired, maybe even take a few on board, as we head for that much needed grand auld stretch in the evenings when moving off the couch and away from the telly is a little bit appealing.


Be Realistic:

You need to remember that during the Christmas period, you are going to drink and eat more than you usually would, and you’re probably not going to get the eight hours of sleep you would like. This should not fill you with dread, as you’re going to be dancing and smiling more than you would if you were asleep, and you’re going to be having the fun you deserve. It’s called the festive season for a reason, so give yourself a break and enjoy yourself.


Pictured: It’s not easy resisting all those biscuits after fitting through the chimney

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