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THAT CARTOON COULD BE SANTA … or IT COULD BE YOU!
IF SANTA CLAUS HAD A PERSONAL TRAINER, WHAT MIGHT BE HIS GET-FIT REGIME?
Hoping you had a very Merry Christmas. Yes, I did, too, thank you.
And now . . . another Christmas dinner came to a close. The leftover turkey, chocolate wrappers and empty bottles of alcohol left in its wake felt like a trail of guilt into the New Year . But we’re armed with our Resolutions, and ready to tuck Santa and the sugarplum fairy away for another year.
BUT I’M WORRIED ABOUT SANTA … and MRS. CLAUS! …and YOU!
The majority of us can admit that we may have overdone it on the treats, BUT WHAT ABOUT SANTA HIMSELF? … And Mrs. Claus? HO – HO – HO….Fat people are jolly and all that. Out of the stupor of all that overindulgence, it’s just, ughhhh, unhealthy imagery! It’s enough to make even an elf avoid mirrors!
I mean, we all love the big guy, love what he’s represented for us since childhood, right? But, what about Santa himself? Of course, we love the guy, but in all honesty, he’s the vision of ‘overdoing it’.
The oversized belly from too many nights of milk and cookies, rosy red cheeks from eggnog and rums, and a stressful job that either sees him sitting down or straining to haul heavy bags doesn’t exactly scream ‘good health’, does it? And you may have a lot more in common with Santa than you thought!
For that reason, we’re going to hear some professional advice to help Santa out. Five experts tell what advice they’d have for Father Christmas AND the Mrs if they (or you) were one of their clients trying to get fit in the New Year 2022.
Here’s a Santa Claus Get-Fit Regime that’ll have the jolly old First Elf Couple (and maybe you) looking positively svelt by Christmas 2022.
Professional Advice #1: Cut Out The Sweets
Team Reflex dietician, Rachel Hobbs says: “Nutrition is the cornerstone of any health and wellness regime. Without a foundation built on solid nutrition, you will always be limited in your success. You cannot out-train a bad diet”.
“You’d be forgiven for thinking jolly old St Nick should lay off the fats but fat is your friend. Fats are key for brain and hormonal functions and are also very filling. Eating fat in isolation will not spike blood sugar levels and therefore will not cause fat storage. (Yes! Spiking blood sugar triggers the storage of fat —BW2W) It is when fats are consumed alongside insulin-spiking sugary foods that problems can be presented. While natural fats — like the ones found in avocado, nuts and animal fats like oily fish — are beneficial for health, they are calorific and should be consumed in moderation. If Santa is eating a bag of nuts at every home he’s visiting, he’ll be forcing those poor reindeer to work overtime hauling his generous posterior around”.
PROFESSIONAL ADVICE #2: REPLACE THE EGGNOG & WINE WITH SOME H20
“Excess alcohol over Christmas can lead to dehydration but consuming enough water is crucial throughout the year,” says Hobbs. “After drinking brandies and running around sweating in a big red outfit, Santa needs to replace those lost fluids. Not only will adequate hydration improve all manner of bodily functions and performance, your ability to use fat as an energy source is reduced when dehydrated”.
PROFESSIONAL ADVICE #3: MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A STEP by STEP “PLAN” FOR YOUR WORKOUT PLAN & USE “HELPERS” – PRO ADVICE & CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR!
AFTER you’re happy that you’re making steps in the right direction in terms of diet only then be time to think about exercise and burning off those mince pies. Personal trainer and COO of ‘Body by Mark’ Mark Langowski thinks it’s a wonderful thing that Santa wants to make positive steps but emphasizes the need to seek professional advice before undertaking any exercise regime.
“I would get him walking. Nothing in the gym yet, because he’s carrying so much extra weight, he could do some serious damage to joints if he starts jumping, squating, lunging, etc.”
NEXT? “Once he gets his weight down with proper diet and starts to improve endurance from the walking, I would start him with basic body weight movements and short interval spurts of cardio to help him burn fat at an optimal rate.”
PROFESSIONAL ADVICE #4: MAKE SURE YOU’RE NOT BURNING THE YULE LOG AT BOTH ENDS
Cover model and Coach Olly Foster is a big advocate of finding balance in life. “If you can find a balance that works for you, your health kick will be sustainable. Hitting every home in the world in one night is enough to ramp up stress levels in even the most patient of us and stress from work and training can raise a hormone in the body called cortisol. This can be detrimental to both muscle-building and fat loss. Remember, the importance of taking time out of your day to rest and recuperate should not be underestimated”.
PROFESSIONAL ADVICE #5: DON’T BE AFRAID TO TURN THAT BULGE INTO BULK
Although a ripped Santa and a shapelier, younger-looking Mrs. Claus might seem weird, personal trainer Tom Wright explains why they would be doing themselves a favor by adding some muscle.
“I know a lot of people will say that they don’t want to lift weights because they don’t want to become bulky — if only it were that simple,” Tom laughs. “Building a little extra muscle tissue will mean that it takes additional calories for your body to function. This means a body with a tiny bit more muscle will burn more calories doing nothing than one with less muscle.”
We’re pretty sure Santa wouldn’t mind burning extra calories as he whizzes around on his sleigh and that extra muscle will help him carry all of those heavy gadgets you’ve all asked for.