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Affordable ways to work off your Christmas dinner

Published 27 December 2015 by

Let’s face it – we probably all (over) indulged in a few treats here and there over the Christmas period. It might be an extra helping of Christmas pudding, another handful of Quality Street or treating yourself to a warm glass of mulled wine – it’s easy to go overboard!

But once the festivities are over you may want to start getting yourself back into shape. If you can’t afford to join the gym in January, there are a few affordable ways that you can work off your seasonal overindulgence.

1) Head outside

There’s nothing nicer than a walk in the winter sunshine – especially in this period between Christmas and New Year – so wrap yourself up and get outdoors. Hopefully it won’t be too much of a chore to drag yourself away from the TV and you could even recruit a few of your family members to come along with you – spending time with family is what the festive season is all about, after all!

Whether you opt for a brisk walk up a mountain or leisurely stroll round your local park – it is getting out that counts. For motivation, download an app like Stepz on your phone to track how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned.

2) Get running

Ok, so we know this one probably won’t be too tempting if the weather takes a turn for the worse. But if the pavements aren’t too treacherous, getting out into the great outdoors could be an ideal way of getting back into shape after the party season.

The crisp air will soon get your legs going and you could help yourself out by warming up indoors first. Just make sure that you have the appropriate clothing and footwear to do this – you could even pick up a few things in the January sales! Remember to take it easy to start with – especially if you haven’t exercised for a while – and build up your distance over time.

3) Workout with YouTube

If you’d rather not venture out into the cold and wet, there is plenty that you can do within the comfort of your own home – try some of the workout to videos on YouTube. It won’t cost you a penny and there are plenty of videos to choose from.

You could try yoga, aerobics or dance workouts to name a few and you could even mix and match them depending on what mood you’re in. Popular channels include FitnessBlender, Good Health 24/7 and BeFit. On BeFit especially, there’s videos from personal trainer Jillian Michaels as well as Jane Fonda and Paula Abdul.

4) Swimming

If you’ve not exercised for a while, you could ease yourself into it by taking yourself down to the local swimming baths. Swimming is a great way to keep active no matter your age, as it helps to strengthen your muscles but is easy on the joints and if you keep it up, could help to lower your blood pressure and control your blood sugar levels – what’s not to like?

5) Be active in the house

If you haven’t had time to give your house a good clean after the festivities, then doing so could be an ideal way of helping you work off the excess pounds. We’re being completely serious, just think of all the effort you have to put into vacuuming your home or cleaning the bathroom – it can be quite strenuous, can’t it?

By the time you’ve done cleaning up the house, you’ll not only have given yourself a mini workout but have a spotless home as well!