Sample of work by Ally Stoyel




Tis the season…  It’s a damn good time of year. Days get warmer, nights stay lighter for longer, moods lift, schedules get busier, parties are in abundance, and who doesn’t love a party?

Common themes associated with this festive time:

  • Our social calendar fills up and things like exercise can get pushed to the bottom of our priority list
  • We eat more festive foods (typically of the unhealthier variety)
  • We definitely drink more alcohol

But it’s not all bad; we also get outdoors more, we are more motivated and we utilise more hours in the day, thanks to daylight savings.

So, what can we do to combat the Christmas belly bulge from taking over? Christmas is a social time and food and drink are an important part of these celebrations. Don’t miss out, just be smart.

1.     MAP IT OUT
Mark all of your social occasions on your calendar and plan around them. You may have to change things up, but block out spare time to get your exercise in and plan your meals around the times you’re eating out.

Attainable short-term goals will help you stay on track and keep motivated. Remind yourself of these goals daily for a more achievable outcome.

There are always going to be temptations around this wonderful time of year but try to maintain the 80/20 rule, or maybe 70/30. Pick and choose your moments to splurge and when to control the urge to overindulge. Our eyes can be bigger than our stomachs so keep your portion sizes under control and limit your alcohol consumption to the special occasions.

Sleep is KEY! Getting adequate rest keeps the wheels from falling off and compensates for all of the late nights and partying. When you’re tired you tend to make poor decisions like skipping exercise and choosing unhealthy food options, and we all know this is a vicious circle.

5.      HIIT
You may not have time to get to the gym or go for a long walk, so be efficient with the time you have. High intensity interval training is short sharp exercise designed to burn more energy and keep your resting metabolic rate up, which keeps you burning fat for up to 10 hours post training.

6.     HAVE FUN
Enjoy yourself over the holidays.