The average person gains anywhere from 1-6 kg over the holiday period – that’s up to 13lb! This can have a pretty serious effect on your pelvic floor. Overweight people have a much higher likelihood of suffering from conditions like prolapse and incontinence.
You probably don’t want to totally deprive yourself of festive treats, so follow our tips to limit your Christmas weight gain without missing out on the fun!
Choose lower calorie options that are still tasty
One pint of beer contains around 200 calories – the same as a large slice of pizza! If you want to have some fun at your Christmas party and enjoy a couple of drinks, why not opt for a spirit with a diet mixer instead? A single gin and slimline tonic only has 60 calories and is just as tasty as beer, without the bloat! Try eating from smaller plates instead of going on a specific Christmas diet – it’s been shown that eating off a 10-inch plate instead of a 12-inch one meant people ate 22% fewer calories! If you take steps like these, you can eat the treats you want to while avoiding weight gain. Find out more ideas with our Top Tips for a Kegel8 Christmas!
Take a relaxing winter walk
It’s tempting to stay indoors when the weather is so cold, but there are loads of benefits to be had from wrapping up warm and taking a stroll. Walking at a moderate pace for an hour will burn off around 150 calories; earning you a hot chocolate at the end if you fancy it! Walking will boost your circulation, actually causing you to feel warmer. It’s also a great way to spend time with your family and friends over the Christmas period, whether you’re walking the dog or going for a spot of Christmas shopping. Walking is also a great low impact exercise that you can continue to do even if you suffer from pelvic floor disorder. To totally protect your pelvic floor during brisker walks, why not try a pair of EVB Sport Boxer Briefs under your jeans?
Keep up your kegels over Christmas
The number one way of preventing prolapse is to keep doing your pelvic floor exercises. It can be easy to forget about your routine when you’re so busy preparing for the big day. However, neglect your exercises for even a few weeks and you could begin to see the symptoms of prolapse. Luckily a Kegel8 Ultra 20 Electronic Pelvic Toner makes it incredibly easy! As it’s pre-programmed to stimulate your muscles for you, you can just use yours while you’re writing Christmas cards or watching a holiday movie. Our 12 Weeks To Christmas Countdown With Kegel8 blogs are a great guide to keeping your pelvic floor Christmas-proof.
Don’t guilt trip yourself if you put on weight
Has this blog made you panic a bit? Don’t! Christmas is all about having fun, and if you end up gaining a few pounds in the process it’s not the end of the world. There is always time to think about losing weight after Christmas, and it’s easy to do without even thinking about it once the treats have been put away. Make sure you get plenty of parsnips and clementines alongside the mince pies to stay healthy. You can even supplement with a SunVit-D3 1000IU Vitamin D3 Supplement. Vitamin D isn’t just essential for keeping your pelvic floor strong and prevent pelvic prolapse; it’s been shown to help with weight loss!