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Health and Wellbeing - December 2013

05 Dec 2013

Christmas eating tips

Did you realise that the average Christmas lunch can be equal to, or in some cases double, your daily nutritional requirements? And that’s just lunch!

Here are five simple nutritional tips to help you stay on track during the festive season:

  • Focus on portion sizes – Do something different this year! Make Christmas lunch last all day with a series of tasty smaller and healthier courses, as opposed to the giant sized, three-round meal. Bonus tip – insert exercise or outdoor activities between courses;
  • Eat desert –Depriving yourself will only increase the craving which can lead to over-consumption later;
  • Avoid over consumption of alcohol – Alcohol has no nutritional value, and a lot of calories. It can also impact your ability to make sound decisions;
  • Drink lots of water in place of alcohol; and
  • Where you can, get in early and influence the organiser of your Christmas party - you don’t want to be a spoil sport so let them know about your great ideas to do Christmas lunch differently in 2013!

 

Christmas exercise tips

It is widely recommended that adults should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day, every day to maintain good health and to avoid excessive weight gain. This of course varies depending on the individual but is a good starting point.

What tends to happen over the Christmas is that regular exercise routines drop in priority, and are replaced by higher priority festive activities. The good news is that both can exist in harmony with a little bit of planning.

Here are some simple exercise tips to ensure you make it through Christmas without going backwards:

  • Increase energy expenditure as your energy consumption increases;
  • Make a morning work-out part of your holiday routine;
  • Lock-in exercise commitments with your friends and family;
  • Break up the big days with a work out or outdoor activities;
  • Create a two-week Christmas workout plan; and
  • See your personal trainer.

Lunch time is active time

Looking to get active, build fitness and have fun all during your work lunch break?

Through Active Melbourne City Sports’ range of corporate sports competitions you and your workmates can do just that!

Programs focus on inclusivity and enjoyment. Anyone can participate, regardless of whether or not you have played sport before.

Sports: Netball, Soccer and 3v3 Basketball

Dates: Autumn 14 week season

(February – June)

Where: Docklands Sports Courts

When: Games are conducted Monday to Friday during lunchtime

Game times: 12:00pm, 12:30pm, 1:00pm, 1:30pm

For further information visit http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amcs or email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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