The Christmas advent calendar

Week two of our alternative Christmas advent and we hope you’ve been enjoying some of the great offers, tips and advice we’ve been throwing your way. This week, we’ve got lots more to keep you in tip top health for the festive season.

8th December. All I want for Christmas is…

If you’re struggling for inspiration on what you’d like to see waiting for you under the Christmas tree this 25th December, the Garmin Fenix 3 Silver could be an option. This clever watch closely monitors your performance giving you the lowdown on your running dynamics, stride length and vertical ratio as well as offering recovery advice and more basic stats like steps and calories. Ideal for walkers, runners and cyclists, the watch is currently on offer with Blacks.

9th December. The extreme season

For many, the start of winter means only one thing- extreme sports! So why not embrace the season and make the most of your weekend with a visit to a destinations that offers guaranteed snow. A good option is Lech Zürs am Arlberg in Austria where the winter season kicked off on the 1st December and they have 305 kilometres of ski slopes and 200 kilometres of high alpine runs. As well as skiing, you can try snowboarding, ice skating, hiking, heliskiing, snowshoeing, as well as enjoy traditional markets and concerts filled with carols, chestnuts and candlelight.

10th December. Stir up Sunday

OK, so the official stir up Sunday when we traditionally make our Christmas pudding has been and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still whip up a Christmas cake that is pretty healthy by avoiding the traditional booze, sugar and fat. Put 225g of dates in a saucepan and bring to boil then simmer for 30 minutes. Leave to cool. Put 450g of mixed dried fruit like sultanas, raisins, apricots and figs into a bowl with 175g wholemeal flour, 25g ground almond and 1tsp of baking powder, cocoa powder and mixed spice into a bowl plus the zest of one orange. Add the dates, and 8 tablespoons of orange juice. Put into a 20cm round cake tin and bake for 1 ¼ hours.

11th December. The Monday motivator

The second Monday of the festive season and no doubt your to-do list is stretching further than Blackpool’s Golden Mile. First to be cut is often your workout. But the time when we are busiest is often the time when we most need to train, relieving stress and boosting our emotional wellbeing as well as looking after our physical health. Give yourself a helping hand with a little post workout boost. Shaken Udder has a range of calcium packed milkshakes with immune boosting vitamin B12, and are a natural source of protein and calcium which can help to aid muscle recovery and restore nutrients after exercise. They come in some interesting sounding flavours too like Chocolush and Vanillalicious!

12th December. Beating festive pain

It’s Training Tuesday, time to get down to the gym for a session. But if aches and pains are stopping you from doing your usual workout this festive season, then you’re not alone with 2 in 5 of us said to suffer with daily pain. The PainPod launches this winter which is said to relieve pain, manage illnesses and accelerate recovery time from illnesses without the need for prescription pain medication. The device utilises bio-electrical nerve stimulation to block pain signals from travelling to the brain whilst releasing the brain’s own ‘feel-good’ endorphins.

13th December. Wellbeing Wednesday

Almost half-way through December already but there is still much to come. Stress, overwhelm and a packed schedule coupled with the plummeting temperatures can mean that your immune system isn’t quite 100%. But there are ways to boost your immunity and ensure you’re in perfect health for the festivities. Vitamin D comes from sunlight and is converted by our bodies to immune system boosting vitamin D3. And in the winter months when sunshine is in short supply, our bodies can become more susceptible to colds, flu and respiratory tract infections. In winter time, a supplement of vitamin D can not only bolster our immune systems but even regulate our mood and protect our bones.

14th December. Transformation Thursday

If there’s someone in your life who has talked forever about the fact that they’re going to lose weight, pack on some muscle, or achieve something amazing like running the London Marathon, then this festive season you could give their ambition a boost with one of our transformation packages. Our transformation packages are either 6 or 12 weeks of intense one-on-one training, 3-4 times a week with our experienced trainers. And this December, we’re offering you the chance to buy one of our transformation packages with an amazing 20% off when purchased by the 24th December 2017 for sessions starting in January 2018. Call Keith on 0207 3661 384 / 07426 031400 and quote the code 14Dec.

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