Posted on December 11, 2017 by Gordon Smith

Christmas is a time of indulgence, and us Brits do like to indulge! Over 10 million turkeys are consumed over this period, as well as a staggering 300 million mince pies. In fact, on Christmas day alone we can consume over 6,000 calories. It’s not surprising that we’re concerned about how to stay fit over Christmas.

We really do have a ‘no-holds-barred’ approach at Christmas, leaving us with post-Christmas guilt and a surge in gym signups in January. Google sees a spike in gym membership searches, and some gyms see a 40% increase in website traffic over December and January.

Google trends for "gym membership" shows how people are concerned about keeping fit over Christmas

Google trends for “gym membership” searches peak in New Year

Don’t lose motivation

First things first, it’s really important to keep your exercise programme going over the Christmas period, especially if you’re just starting to see results.

If you’re new to exercise, then it is possible to lose up to 80% of your fitness in as little as two weeks. Although not as fast if you’ve maintained a level of fitness over a longer period of time, it is possible to lose some edge in around three weeks.

But it only takes a few missed sessions to start back over, so it is important to keep the momentum going in some form over the break. Even if it’s a few weights or a power walk, you’re still keeping your hand in, as well as keeping your body active and making sure it stays in shape.

One thing that can really help keep that momentum going over the festive period is a home gym. It eliminates the need for costly gym fees in January, and it also gives you the best of both worlds over Christmas, which means you can get some exercise and have that all-important Christmas Day nap – guilt-free of course!

Dealing with Christmas Day

We’ve all fallen into the trap of starting Christmas Day thinking we’re going to relax and indulge all day, but by 4pm starting to feel a little restless and ‘antsy’. This is a good time to move around and burn off some of that excess energy. One way is to go for a walk, or do some light exercise.

An alternative approach to combatting this restlessness would be to start the day with some exercise. Most of us are at our best in the morning, so having a light workout either outside, or in a home gym environment, means you can feel more positive and energised about the day ahead, as well as what you eat. It will also make you feel more relaxed in the evening.

A home gym is an advantage if the weather isn’t great or your family aren’t feeling motivated to brave the great outdoors.

Keeping your friends and family fit over Christmas

Exercise can also be a great way to reconnect with family and friends over Christmas. Arranging games or friendly league tables can be a good way to socialise and get active at the same time.

These activities could include going out for long walks, bike rides or a run. However, if you prefer to stay at home, then setting-up friendly competitions on a treadmill or rowing machine is another way to get everybody involved.

Nick Sadler, Managing Director, m8group says:

‘There are so many ways to exercise, but with a private gym, you can get the best of both worlds at Christmas – a bit of indulgence, combined with the opportunity to maintain your exercise programme, all under one roof.’

If you have guests staying, then a home gym can also help give you, or your visitors, a bit of downtime from the Christmas chaos and become a hub where people go to escape and decompress.

Beyond Christmas Day

The period between Christmas and New Year can be a bit chaotic and tiring, especially if you’re doing a lot of socialising or visiting relatives.

Why not use this time to hire an instructor for a family training session? A Yoga or Pilates session can help focus and prepare for the New Year – not to mention build stamina for visiting a load of relatives!

Whether or not you have a gym, there are so many benefits to doing exercise over Christmas. Not only can it keep you in shape, but also ensures you start 2018 on a very positive and motivated note. What’s not to like about that?

Make a home gym your New Year’s resolution

No matter what your budget, we have a wide-range of options to suit every requirement. From as little as £1,000, you can have a fitness hub in your home. If it’s something you’ve been considering for a while, then why not make it a New Year’s resolution?

Not only do we install, but we also provide consultancy, equipment supply and ongoing maintenance. We can turn your fitness dream into a reality, so why not get in touch to find out more? Wishing you all a motivated and energetic Christmas!