Continuing our series of Festive Season Survival tips, Gill talks you through her top tips for this festive season.

With the countdown to Christmas, What are your top tip for clients to get them ready for party season?

Things can tend to get a bit hectic in the run up to Christmas. From Christmas parties to festive daytime drinks in town, it can be so easy to let our usual healthy habits take a back seat. I would say making yourself a priority is key. Treat your Pilates class like you would a meeting with a friend. You would think twice about cancelling on someone else so give yourself the same consideration. Make an effort to get up, get out and get moving. You start to feel the benefits, both physically and mentally, immediately and it will help to ease the guilt of having that ‘accidental’ extra glass of wine with dinner

For someone starting out into fitness would they be better waiting until January to get moving?

In my opinion, there’s no time like the present to start incorporating fitness into your everyday life. I think its important to set small, realistic goals in the beginning to avoid becoming disheartened or disappointed when inevitably life gets in the way and things don’t necessarily go to plan. Even if it means walking around town instead of jumping in a taxi, meeting a friend for a walk before you head out for a drink or taking the stairs instead of the lift while doing your christmas shopping, there are so many ways to incorporate movement into your every day activities. Start small, start now, and work your way up from there in the new year.

Top tip to keep stress at bay over the holiday season.

Christmas is the best time of year as far as I’m concerned but it can bring with it all the stresses and strains of modern living. It can be hard on the wallet and very hard on the waistline but I think it’s important to remember what it’s all really about, spending time with the people closest to you. Don’t beat yourself up for eating the whole tin of roses when you swore you’d only have one. If you happen to miss your Pilates class (god forbid) just try and push yourself that little bit harder the next time. And in the wise words of Sophie “Sophie says” Mallen, “drink wine!”

Do you eat clean & healthy over Christmas or will you over indulge like the rest of us?

I am a firm believer that you only live once. I try to be consistent with my eating habits but I definitely don’t beat myself up for eating out or going back for seconds. Or thirds! If I know I’m going out for dinner at the weekend, Ill try to be disciplined during the week so that I can enjoy my meal out without hesitation. Everything in moderation as they say.

How do you stay on top of your workout routine over the festive season?

There are plenty of days when I would much rather stay in bed or sit at home in front of a fire then get out an exercise. Its these times that I have to remind myself that I always feel better after finishing a workout than I do before I start. I am also lucky enough to work in an environment which makes it hard not to be active but I still find myself having to plan ahead. At the beginning of each week, plan your workouts like you would plan your meals. Plan 2 or 3 times in a week that you know you can fit in a class or a run before or after work and stick to them.

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?

I grew up in Canada and am going back there for Christmas for the first time in over ten years so the only thing I am wishing for is a white one!

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