The Silly Season is upon us which means lots of parties and dinners out. This can often throw us out of our healthy routines and also leave us feeling burnt out and lethargic. So here are some of my top health hacks for staying healthy and fit this silly season.
- Commit to doing morning HIIT workouts
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training, HIIT workouts involve a series of high intensity moves for anywhere from 10-45 minutes. This type of exercise helps speed up your metabolism which means your body will be in fat burning mode even hours after you’ve finished your workout. So if you know you are going to have a lunch with lots of food and/ or alcohol then doing a HIIT workout the morning of this event will help your body burn off the food and alcohol faster. Here are some great HIIT workouts to try:
– Rachael Attard’s Body Weight Circuit
– Treadmill HIIT workout
– Kayla Itsines’ Abs and Arms workout
– 10 minute HIIT workout
- Deal with a hangover the healthy way
The best way to avoid a hangover would be to not drink at all but lets face it most of us tend to have a few too many drinks around the silly season. Drinking copious amounts of alcohol is already quite a hindrance on your body but when drinking we tend to forget to hydrate in between drinks and then opt for greasy fatty food the next day because our body is craving something unhealthy to soak up the alcohol. So here are a few tips to help cushion the hangover as well as healthier ways to deal with a hang over after a big drinking session:
– Have a large glass or two of coconut water before you start drinking, after you
– Try drinking alcoholic beverages low in sugar such as vodka with soda water and lime. Sugar can dehydrate you even more and will also add to that horrible hangover feeling.
– Ditch the greasy fast food the day after a drink session and eat lots of high alkaline foods and liver loving foods such as avocado, lemon, carrot and chia seeds.
– Do a really good workout and sweat it out. This may feel like the last thing you want to do when you’re hung over but trust me you will feel better for it once you’re done/
– Jump in the ocean. Salt water can cure almost anything, so if you’re lucky enough to be able to get to the beach then jump in the ocean. You’ll feel instantly awake and refreshed.
- Pick your food wisely.
When you’re at a function or lunch choose your foods wisely, skip the boring bland foods like the bread and rice and opt for the more flavoursome delicious foods. Also if you are having dessert why not split it with the person next you. If you want to try a bit of everything at an event do it but just try samples of each canape of split dishes with a friend rather than eating the whole thing.
- Pack in as much nutrition as possible and cook your own food when not attending events.
When you’re just preparing meals on your own avoid getting take away and make your own meals, making sure you pack it with as much healthy ingredients as possible, think lots and lots of veggies especially greens. Green smoothies are also a great option as your body digests liquids better than food, green juices and hearty salads are also great.
- Try and fit in some mindfulness wherever possible
It’s easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed over the holiday period so this is the time of year where it’s more important than ever to practice mindfulness and take some time out for yourself even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Some great ways to do this include:
– Meditate for at least 5 minutes a day. Here are some great apps to help get you started.
– Leave your phone at home and go for a walk in nature
– Spend a few minutes on your own with a cup of tea and a book
– Take a relaxing bath with some nice essential oils.