HEALTHY XMAS: AmbitionZ Heath and Fitness personal trainer David Mills shared his advice with Marguerite Rodgers and The Morning Bulletin last week on how to prevent gaining excess weight this silly season.
HEALTHY XMAS: AmbitionZ Heath and Fitness personal trainer David Mills shared his advice with Marguerite Rodgers and The Morning Bulletin last week on how to prevent gaining excess weight this silly season. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Beat the Christmas bulge

DON'T let the silly season get the better of your waistline this year.

That’s the message personal trainer David Mills wants everyone to know, as the Christmas parties and feasts come into full swing these coming weeks.

It’s all about indulging, but not overindulging.

That way your waistline will thank you, come the new year.

David, a trainer at AmbitionZ Health and Fitness, said this time of year was typically the quietest time in the gym, before a mass influx of people making health and fitness-oriented New Year’s resolutions arrive.

He said while it was good to indulge and have a good time at Christmas, it was best not to completely throw the health plan out the window.

Marguerite Rodgers, 49, will be doing just that.

She said she planned to keep her training up to three times a week over the holiday period.

Marguerite has been training with David for the past year to help maintain a better work-health balance.

She is even aiming to compete in a triathlon next year.

“I’m going to enjoy Christmas, but not overindulge,” she said this week.

“I come to the gym to achieve more in life and to de-stress.

“It gives me personal goals and a different outlook on life.”

David, 29, said the best advice he could give people was “even if you stumble just keep running the race”.

He said water intake this Christmas season was a must.

“We’re all going to indulge in alcohol and soft drink, but we need to balance it with water, which will also help fill you up,” David said.

“It’s normal to exercise less, but it’s good to still do something.”

David said 70% of health and fitness was all about what “you put in your mouth”.

And make sure you don’t triple your portion sizes at Christmas.

“A slice of cheese cake is good, but half a cheese cake is not good.

“And remember the greatest detox is water.”

Fitness facts
  • The fitter you are the better your body will metabolise fat
  • Exercise is very important for long-term weight maintenance
  • To get started on changing and improving your life, you need to have a clear action plan
  • Be organised with your food – have healthy choices on hand all the time
  • Do NOT go hungry. Small healthy snacks for whenever you are hungry
  • If you want a treat – HAVE IT! Just keep it small, eat it slowly and enjoy it.


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