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Lifestyle Strategies for the Festive Season

Dec 25, 2007
With the festive season just about upon us many will be taking time off work and usual daily activities to spend time with family and friend for Christmas and New Year parties and events.

This relaxing and enjoyable time of the year is a great time to unwind, and step away from the daily and weekly pressures that a hectic modern lifestyle delivers. Its an important period of time as it provides balance, and helps remind us of the simple, but important things in life, such as family and friends.

A traditional all day party for Christmas day and evening celebrations for New Year will fill most people schedules. These events usually supply an abundant amount of fatty food and alcohol for consumption. The consequences for this are that most will put on a few kilograms, and wake up with needless hangovers.

Most will then start the New Year with resolutions of weight loss, healthy eating and less alcohol. All of which should not be required.

The main strategies to avoid these consequences are very simple. Eat less, eat less fatty food and forget the alcohol: it has no benefits at all.

You can have a good time, enjoy some nice foods but there is no need to go over the top, and no need to drink alcohol. It will only be your own individual discipline that will dictate this, and subsequently the after effects.

Other strategies to aid you through this period include:

1) Maintain a training program. Just because its the festive season does not mean you can still chase you goals. The gym will be quieter and you will have more freedom.

2) Maintain your food diary and schedule cheat days on Christmas and New Year. This will allow a little flexibility.

3) Set you your training and nutrition plan for the following year. This will allow you top keep your eye on the prize.

4) Review your previous years results, if they are good then build on that hard work by being discipline, if they are not so good then you should know what to do.

5) Remind others of the pitfalls on not living clean. By setting the standard you will place yourself into a position where you are proud to be clean living.

So throughout this festive season this is the opportunity to set the standard for the upcoming year. There are many options in choice of food consumption, and moderation is always a self discipline.

Be smart, live clean and still enjoy the festive season.
About the Author
Gavin Stone is a leading Personal Trainer, fitness expert and publisher of iseekactive.com. His training methods and philosophies are unique and aimed at producing results for his clients. Gavins articles cane be found at: iseekactive.com
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