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Christmas is just around the corner – how can you stay on track?

Back in September I posted my A new body by Christmas blog, which included six tips for staying motivated to workout out this winter.

Hopefully, you are now halfway through your body transformation and well on your way to reaching your body goals by the big day.  

At this time of year however, many people put their fitness and weight loss goals to one side and indulge in all their festive favourites. For those yet to kickstart a new fitness regime, it can also be tempting to look ahead to January with the resolution to start then, rather than get on it now.

Of course, I am not going to agree with that! Christmas, and in fact winter as a whole, can be a challenging time. Dark mornings, early evenings, cold weather, not to mention the abundance of festive treats and comfort foods that are around, can mean it is all too easy to pile on the pounds, perhaps undoing your hard work to date or giving yourself more to do come January.

Winter is perhaps the most important time of year to look after yourself and take care about what you put in your body. Eating the right foods and working out can boost the immune system, helping us to ward off all those winter bugs. What’s more, the work you do now can directly impact your beach body, after all, summer bodies are built in winter!

Check out my top tips to negotiating the fitness pitfalls of the winter months…

·       Drink! Drink! Drink!
Sadly, not an instruction to hit the booze early on Christmas morning but rather a request that you drink more water. Make your first drink of the day half a litre of water, followed by a further two litres throughout the day. Drink an extra litre on workout days. Along with being great for your body, drinking more water can also help curb hunger pangs, (we often mistake thirst for hunger), and promote weight loss.

·       Thanks, but no thanks
Before you dive in for a handful of chocolates, ask yourself, ‘If this is my only treat for the week -  do I want it to be this?’

You’ll probably find that the answer is no, making it easier to stay on track and hey, if the answer is ‘yes’, go for it, just remember, it is not a treat if you are having it every day.

·       Say what?
Ok, so you’ve had a bad day. Maybe you blitzed your way through a box of mince pies, made light work of the Baileys or devoured the cheeseboard, whatever your downfall, don’t dwell on it. Take time to reflect on your blip, looking for ways it can be avoided in the future and then move on. Don’t let a bad day become a bad week.

·       Rethink your day
The way you work out in summer may not be right for you in the winter. If dark mornings leave you struggling to get out of bed and leaving work in the dark makes you just want to get home as soon as possible, then maybe rethink those post-work and early morning workouts. Check out my max out your lunch hour blog to find out how working out in your lunch break may be the change you need.

Good luck!



Sam Yassin

With a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and coming from the country’s most elite sporting town, Loughborough, Sam Yassin is an experienced strength and conditioning coach. He is a member of the UKSCA and is currently working towards his full accreditation. Having passed his examination and LTAD (Long-term Athletic Development) case study, he is well on his way to becoming a gold standard S&C coach. Sam has long been involved in the sporting world, having competed in a wide range of sports from a young age, despite being born with bilateral talipes and having had more than 5 lower body surgeries. In his final year of university, he gained valuable insight into what it takes to be part of a professional team as he interned at Leeds United Football Club as a strength and conditioning coach.

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