We all let our hair down over christmas but you can exercise damage control and have fun too and to be honest you just simply feel better when you get up and get moving even if its just for 20-30 minutes a day. I train in Body Byrne so I asked them would they share some healthy holiday tips with my readers. So thank you Mike for these great tips and exercises!

General health tips for the holiday season:

Eat as close to nature as possible

If organic food is not available look for free range options

Use coconut oil, olive oil, or rapeseed oil as all are healthier cooking options.

Talk to your local butcher about where they source their meat and produce from.

Eat enough to be satisfied but not stuffed; remember that leftovers are just as good!

Substitute dark chocolate for milk chocolate

Always try and use real brown sugar as opposed to low-fat or synthetic versions

*TOP TIP: Our bodies need fuel to convert to energy, the better the quality of food the better our engine will run.


If possible start your day with a 30 min to 60 minute walk, followed by one or all of the exercises below.

1st SET

  1. All fitness levels (ages 13 & up)
  2. 1st thing in the morning 3 forearm planks/ 30-60 seconds dependent on fitness level.  15 second rest in between.
  3. 3 sets of press-ups 10-20 reps each. The option here is to be on your knees to make it easier.
  4. Chair dips: please be careful to make sure the chair or bench is secure and safe to handle the weight! 3 sets 10-20 reps each.

2nd SET

  1. All fitness levels (ages 13 & up)
  2. Mountain Climbers 30 seconds/ moderate pace. 3 sets
  3. Body weight squats/ Chest up, brace your core, sit back making sure knees do not come over your toes! Push up through your heels! 3-sets of 12 reps each.
  4. Body weight lunges/ Chest up, brace your core, push through your front heel! 3 sets/12 reps each.


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