Get In-Shape In Time For Christmas With Our Pre-Festive Workout Plan
While the festive season is a perfect excuse to indulge in all things sweet and savoury, at Curves we believe it’s crucial that you don’t completely abandon your fitness and workout routine. If you manage to maintain a healthy level of exercise over the busy period, you’ll definitely feel the benefits in the long term - and more importantly, you'll be able to enjoy that extra portion of Christmas dinner without feeling an ounce of guilt!
Luckily for you it’s never easier to stay in shape over the festive period with the Curves programme.
The Curves Programme
The Curves programme includes all five components of a complete workout – warm-up, strength training, cardiovascular training, cool-down and stretching – just in 30 minutes. You change stations every 30 seconds, allowing you to recover and work out different muscle groups.
You’ll work every major muscle group while keeping your heart rate within your target training zone. And with a circuit coach to teach and motivate you at every workout, you are sure to reach your fitness goals in no time. Whether you want to gain energy, tone up or lose weight, the Curves circuit will work for you.
Studies show that regular physical activity, such as the three-day-a-week Curves programme, substantially reduces the risk of conditions including coronary heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. It also helps to control weight; contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints; helps to relieve the pain of arthritis; and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Curves workouts are cutting-edge strength-training and bodyweight-based exercises that boost intensity, build strength, burn fat and prevent plateaus. Each workout is designed to be tailored to every fitness level, so everyone can get maximum benefits.
All you have to do is show up, give us 30 minutes, then go love your life!
The Curves Programme is a healthy reminder that exercising doesn't always have to equate to a full hour at the gym – just half an hour a day will do. Even if you don’t exercise with Curves you could try going for a brisk 20-minute walk, or a short morning run. If you’re feeling extremely festive you could even go to the local ice skating rink, a perfect excuse to socialise with friends and exercise at the same time.
Here are a few more tips that will allow for extra indulgence in addition to working out over the festive period.
Eat a balanced diet
This sounds contradictory right?
This is definitely easier said than done, especially during the festive season. However, a great tip that will help you stay on track is to make extra portions when you are preparing healthy meals in the run up to Christmas and store them in the freezer. You then have instant access to a diet-friendly meal when you don’t quite have the time available to cook something healthy.
Limit your indulgence
Don't be too strict on yourself – the festive period is the perfect time to eat, drink and be merry with your loved ones. However in the run-up to Christmas try to limit the days on which you indulge – for example giving yourself a break only on days of major events or gatherings.
Hydration Is Key
The festive season would be nothing without salty foods, fizzy drinks, copious amounts of alcohol and late nights, so make sure you stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water a day – FYI this will also keep your hair and skin looking healthy, ensuring that you look at your best in all of your party photos.
Get Your Beauty Sleep
Lastly, make sure you are kind to your body over the festive period and treat yourself to at least eight hours of sleep a day. If you're running around and having too many late nights, your body won't be able to keep up which can have a negative effect on your mental and physical wellbeing.