Did you know? On average, Australians gain an extra 0.8-1.5 kilograms during the festive season!

Christmas and the New Year is a time to eat, drink and be merry with your loved ones. However, this doesn’t mean you have to put all of your health goals and great efforts to waste/on hold! One thing you can focus on to ensure a healthy and safe festive season is to keep up the physical activity.

Simple measures such as parking further away, walking to your destination wherever possible and spending time in the pool all adds up! You simply need to find more ways to be active and schedule in time for physical activity during the Christmas break. 

For example, if you go for a walk each day you can add an extra challenge by trying this circuit: find a local park with a hill. Sprint 50-100 metres up the hill, then perform 10 push ups, 10 bodyweight squats and 10 sit-ups. Walk down and repeat a few more times, depending on your fitness level.

If you know you're heading off to a party, fit in an extra 10 minute workout. Try jogging on the spot for 2 minutes, 10 sit ups and 10 push ups. Rest then repeat.

There are plenty of ways to keep active. You just need to get creative and plan ahead, or other times - go with the flow! It might lead you to a game of backyard cricket with the family.

Most of all, enjoy your time off from work and make the most of each day with your family and friends. 

* Please note: The information in this publication does not provide medical advice for individual problems. For advice and treatment, consult your doctor or health care professional. In the interest of your safety, it is important to check with your GP before beginning any exercise program and to exercise according to your fitness level and capability.