Cyclist with Chrismas tree on bike

The words alone are hard to write and read! But what we are suggesting is keeping a balance. Don’t force yourself to stay off the indulgence that comes with this time of the year and the many joys it brings, but maybe we can all strike a better balance. Here is what is helping us to do so.

Setting a goal for the New Year

Gaelforce Moutain Run - Runner on Mountain

Gaelforce Mountain Run

New Years intentions are just around the corner. But we all know how easy it is to fall of the wagon by mid-January. To avoid that it helps to set a realistic goal, for instance an event you would like to take part in. This will help you to get motivated for you training sessions and keep them up!

We have a wide range of events to suits all levels from running beginner to adventure raceing pro. Here are three that might fit the bill for you:

Gaelforce Mountain Run

Great if you have been running for a while and want to try something different. Taking on trail and mountain running can be daunting, but this event offers and introductory route next to two more advance routes. More infos about the Gaelforce Mountain Run.

Gaelforce Dublin

The adventure race just outside Dublin. Ideal if you live in the capital offering. Find yourself on tracks, trails, sealed roads & a shimmering reservoir. There are two distances to choose from 29km and 49km. Find out more about Gaelforce Dublin.

Bray 10km Cliff Run

The first event in our 10km series is a stunner. The course starts on Greystones beach, winds along the Cliff walk and finishes on Bray beach. It is the perfect race from beginner to seasoned runner and the views alone will be well worth it. It is a great race to transition from road running into a more varied terrain. All details on Bray 10k Cliff Run.

 

Team up with someone

Two Women on top of the Mountain - Keeping Fit This Christmas

Gaelforce Mountain Run

Hold yourself accountable by teaming up. It is the one thing that works for us in the office, especially on the days that we are not motivated at all. Find someone that is aiming for a similar goal, it will make all the difference to your training and commitment.

 

Get Outdoors over Christmas

Winter Scene Forest - Keeping Fit This Christmas

Christmas is time for family and friends, which can make it hard to be active. Why not combine the two? Try to suggest a walk before sitting down for dinner or some other fun activities. Here are some of our suggestions:

Snowy Christmas Adventures

If we are lucky enough to see some of that magical snow – head outside. Go sleighing (a plastic bag with a pillow in it will do!), build a giant snowman or have a big snowball fight. These are great family friendly activities.

Combine meeting friends with outdoor activities

What about meeting up for a cycle, a long walk or ice skating instead of just heading down to the pub? That dreamy pint will be waiting for you after!

Make plans for new adventures

A lot of people have a good chunk of time of over Christmas. Have a think about what you wanted to do for a while but didn’t have the time for. Maybe a hike that is tempting you? Well put a date down and get a group of people together and make it happen.

Make it special

Winter time is great to head out for a sunrise hike. Sunrise is around 8am these days. So late enough for you to start your hike and see the sunrise on the top. You will be home before lunch and feel great having seized the day!

 

Ok, so what about Christmas Dinner?

Healthy Christmas Dinner - Keeping Fit This Christmas  Healthy Christmas Dinner - Keeping Fit This Christmas

Recipes on BBC Goof Foods

We all know nutrition is a tricky one over Christmas. Our approach is to indulge over the Christmas Days without regrets. But once Christmas is over start bringing your diet back to include more vegetables and fruits again. Some small tweaks at the Christmas dinner might also be helpful, such as adding a salad or more vegetable sides might help to keep a better balance.Here are some good suggestions for Healthy Christmas Dinner Options from BCC Good Foods.

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO THIS CHRISTMAS IS

ENJOY IT.

ENJOY THE PEOPLE YOU SPEND IT WITH.

RELAX AND BE NICE TO YOURSELF.

cat eating popcorn of chrismas tree - meme

Check out some blogs on training tips:

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THIS MIGHT BE THE MOST IMPORTANT TRAINING YOU DO FOR YOUR BODY THIS WINTER

HOW TO TRAIN FOR A MOUNTAIN RUN WHEN YOU'RE IN THE CITY

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