There’s nothing worse – or more predictable – than getting to January with an almighty Christmas hangover. The sluggish feeling of too many festive get-togethers, the tighter-than-they-should-be jeans and the battered immune system.
So we’ve put together some Celtic Haven top tips for pre-Christmas pampering and healthy living, Pembrokeshire style, to help you beat the post Christmas, winter blues. So, prepare to detox, before you retox! Now’s the perfect time to start to make sure you’re ahead of the game.
Swap comfort food for super food
Consider pre-toxing in the weeks up to Christmas to boost your immune system and prepare the body for any over-indulgence ahead. Studies suggest that supplements don’t have the same benefits as natural foods. Be sure to eat plenty of leafy green vegetables and fruit for vitamin C.
Other tips include drinking at least two litres of water per day, keeping caffeine and alcohol to a minimum and sticking to raw foods, juices and soups wherever possible. Why not stock up on frozen berries for smoothies – blackberries are some of the best when it comes to antioxidants.
Top up your vitamin D levels with cod-liver oil, milk, dairy products and oily fish such as sardines, salmon and fresh tuna.
Get match fit
The temptation as the nights draw in and the temperature drops is to hunker up on the sofa but there’s nothing like a spot of exercise to boost your general feeling of wellbeing. It’s a great time of year to join a fitness centre, where you can work out whatever the weather.
Whether you choose to exercise in the fitness suite or dive into the indoor heated pool at Celtic Haven, squeeze some hours in now at the leisure club and you’ll be sure to squeeze into the little black dress for the Christmas do!
Swimming is great for the whole body, improving muscle strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness as well as toning upper and lower body. It’s really good for the heart and lungs.
And did you know that, on average, a swimmer can burn as many calories in an hour as a runner who runs six miles per hour?
Enjoy a round (on the golf course, not in the pub)
Lack of sunshine can have a dramatic effect on your mood. The days may be shorter but there’s nothing like getting out for a walk on a sunny winter’s day to make you feel more chipper and to grab some vitamin D, essential for strong bones. Did you know that your body can create vitamin D from the action of the sun on your skin, even on a cloudy day?
AND the cold weather makes your body burn more calories just to keep warm, making any activity you do indulge in even more effective.
Why not hit the Celtic Haven golf course to get your fresh air fix? A round of golf burns about 300 calories in a 150 pound (68 kg / 10 stone) individual who plays for one hour while carrying clubs. And it can be a great way to make new friends!
Make fitness fun
You don’t have to wait for Wimbledon to perfect your serve. The all-weather tennis courts at Celtic Haven are open year round. A great way to stay fit whilst socialising with friends and family.
Take time to discover what exercise is going to give you most pleasure, whether that’s golf, swimming or fitness classes.
Check out our Fitness Tips Of The Week in our Leisure News section.
Look after your skin
Rain, wind and central heating can all take their toll on your skin. Some pre-Christmas pampering will prove just the ticket to make sure you’re looking radiant in time for the festivities.
Blood and lymph fluid naturally nourish your skin. In the winter months, when you’re cold, blood flows less freely so you need to compensate by giving your skin extra protection and nourishment.
Indulge in the Exotic Moisture Dew 60-minute facial at the Celtic Haven Spa for a moisture boost or the Fruit Active Glow to stimulate a lifeless complexion.
Aromatherapy is a great mood booster. For an all over body, ultimate spa experience, the The Aromatherm Capsule is the ideal way to rejuvenate from head to toe. Our Aroma Energiser hydrotherapy treatment features a body steam using Elemis oils, a treatment aimed at warming the tissues and muscles, using essential oils which are absorbed through the skin and inhaled to relax and promote wellbeing.
If you’re tired of looking pale and wan, treat yourself to a St Tropez spray tan in time for the party season.
And if you follow the above tips, you’ll be raring to go, right into the New Year!