Personal trainer shares tips for enjoying the Christmas party without sacrificing fitness goals

Personal trainer Keith McNiven is here to help keep you on track (Image: Jam Press)

No matter how dedicated you are to your fitness goals, there’s a temptation to say ‘f*** it’ at Christmas.

You’ll be back to exercising in the new year, right?

Except when January arrives, your motivation is gone with all the meat pies, packed gyms, and it feels like you’re right back in one of our well-being journeys. me.

Perhaps this is not the best approach.

Perhaps this year, we can carry on with our fitness efforts – but still enjoy some festive fun in the middle of the party season.

To help us do that, personal trainer Keith McNiven, 38, is here with some top tips.

The fitness guru, who founded personal training company Right Path Fitness, thinks we could make it to the end of December with a little bit of effort – and absolutely no need to miss Christmas.

Here’s what he suggested…

Recharge before going out at night

Instead of going to a Christmas party, drinking alcohol, and then having a late dinner at McDonald’s, Keith recommends being proactive.

Keith says: ‘Try to have a balanced meal – include a rich source of protein like chicken, turkey or salmon.

‘This will keep you fuller for longer and will prevent you from reaching for any festive snacks.’

Drink smart

While you attend that party, choose your wines wisely.

Keith says: ‘Avoid alcoholic beverages with high levels of congeners such as whiskey and tequila, opting for strong spirits such as vodka and gin instead.

‘Also avoid drinks with added sugar. Choose sugar-free mixers to reduce calorie intake. ‘

Keith is the founder of Right Path Fitness (Image: Jam Press Vid / @ rightpathfitness)

Plan, plan, plan

Preparation is everything, including careful workout planning.

Make sure you still make time for exercise throughout December, but be aware of how festive plans can affect things.

Schedule exercise around any event, use the day of the event to work up a sweat and help your body feel great.

Keith says: ‘I don’t recommend strenuous workouts with a hangover – your body needs some time to recover.

‘The next day after a great night you should go for a walk or something less strenuous, and then you’ll be ready the next day to go all out. “

He’s not a proponent of skipping all December festivities, but is smart in how you absorb (Image: Jam Press/Gareth Bevan)

Avoid getting drunk

Remember that midnight party we mentioned earlier? Even if you have a delicious meal before you start drinking, you may still be hungry after the party.

Help get yourself out of a hangover by prepping a delicious, nutritious snack to take home. If it’s easier and quicker than having to wait for UberEats to deliver, it does the trick.

“I definitely avoid the hangovers and the next day eating a lot of unhealthy food – this is a mistake a lot of people make,” says Keith.

‘I recommend preparing some healthy tasty foods at home to have in your fridge – homemade burgers are a great option.’


Keith advises: ‘Try to drink a few glasses of water throughout the night – you’ll thank yourself the next day!’

Not only will this help settle your hangover, but it will also keep you away from sugary drinks when you’re forced to hydrate.

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