How to stay motivated during the Christmas holidays?

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Did you promise yourself to be reasonable for the Christmas Eve dinner last year but you finally ended up finishing the egg nog!Even if you indulge yourself with festive meals during the winter holidays, it is possible to keep control of your diet. If most people gain weight during this season it can be avoided with a fitness routine and healthy eating.

Use these exercising ideas and our recipes to stay fit and healthy during the Christmas holidays.

Exercising tips

Christmas training tips

We know it can be hard to stay motivated during the holidays but it is possible! Exercising and keeping yourself active will help you work off those extra calories. On days you are not able to workout at Curves, there are many other exercising alternatives that could fit your very busy schedule. You can dance the night away at all those office parties, on Christmas day wrap up warm and go for a walk after lunch.

6 tips to exercise during holidays!

Fitness tips for christmas dinner eve

Eating healthy

Did you know that people can sometimes eat their way through nearly 6000 calories on Christmas day? Whether you are invited at a dinner or you are cooking, you can keep control of your diet even when enjoying the traditional & scrumptious Irish roast dinner, by following these simple tips:

  • Meat - White meat such as Chicken or Turkey is the best option. It is leaner which means it contains less saturated fat (non-healthy fat). About 100g of white meat would be a healthy amount (it is approximately the size of a pack of playing cards).
  • Vegetables - Load up your plate with vegetables, they provide many nutrients. The greater variety you consume the better. The best vegetables are carrots, broccoli, leeks, cabbage, sprouts, and cauliflower.
  • Roast Potatoes & Parsnips - Whilst goose fat makes arguably the tastiest roast potatoes it is a saturated fat which provides your body with no nutrition and contributes to many heart problems. An unsaturated fat (not of animal origin) such as olive oil is a much healthier option, but remember, try to use as little fat as possible.
  • Yorkshire Puddings - Generally, homemade Yorkshire puddings are lower in calories than shop bought frozen ones. When making your own Yorkshire Puddings use skimmed milk to reduce calories further
  • Gravy - Whilst homemade gravy is delicious it is often made from the fat out of the meat as well as being loaded with salt- both are a waistlines worst nightmare- so try to lay off the gravy as much as possible.
  • Sauce - The general advice for sauces is use sparingly. Cranberry sauce, apple sauce, mint sauce can all be enjoyed as a free food providing you stick to about 2 teaspoons.
  • Snacks - Keep tempting treats out of sight and make sure you have healthy options to hand. 

Healthy christmas recipes

1. All In One Roast

All In One Roast

Ingredients: (2 portions)

  • 8 baby new potatoes
  • halved 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • sliced 1 courgette
  • sliced 1 leek
  • sliced 1 tsp each chopped thyme and rosemary, plus a sprig or two
  • 2 small skinless chicken breasts
  • 150ml low-sodium chicken stock

Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a small roasting tray toss the potatoes with the oil, carrots, courgette, leek, herbs and seasoning. Roast for 30 mins until starting to brown. Remove from the oven and give the vegetables a stir, settle in the chicken, then return to the oven for 15 mins. Pour over the stock, then cook for 5 mins more or until the chicken and veg are cooked through.

2. Red cabbage with Bramley apple and walnuts

Red cabbage with Bramley apple and walnuts

Ingredients: (8 portions)

  • 1 red cabbage
  • finely sliced 25g butter
  • 1 Bramley apple
  • peeled and grated 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves
  • 100ml cider vinegar
  • 25g light muscovado sugar
  • handful walnuts, toasted and chopped

Put the cabbage in a fairly wide shallow pan with the butter, apple, bay leaf and cloves. Cook, stirring, until the cabbage starts to wilt. Add the vinegar (be sure to stand back and don’t breathe in until the steam dwindles), then continue to stir and cook until the vinegar has almost all disappeared. Add the sugar and stir until it has completely dissolved – be careful not to let it burn. Sprinkle with walnuts to serve.

Find more inspiration for your holidays dinner with our Curves Complete programme.


Have a great Christmas and remember to eat with moderation and exercise as much as possible!

Do you need help to stay motivated during Christmas, contact your nearest Curves club to discover about our full body workout with coaching:

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