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With less than a week to go before Christmas, there is still time to fit in a few exercises to get you in good shape for the New Year.

This week, Lynn from the gym at Renu has shared with us her two favourite exercises to tone your hips and thighs and your upper arms.

Try to do the exercises every other day, and you will soon see results.

Renu is located on Abbey Road, and has a fitness studio and ladies gym. If you would like more details please call 01778 423923 or see their website www.renu.uk.com

Top 10 tips for a healthy Christmas

Eat, drink and be merry! But how many will be worrying about an increased waistline in January? Here are a few tips to help you out:

1 PARTIES

Never go to a party hungry – eat a low fat snack such as a bowl of minestrone soup and a bread roll before you go to stop you making a bee line for the buffet! It will help you reduce the amount of party food you eat.

2. ALCOHOL

Alternate between an alcoholic drink and a glass of water or simply dilute wine with soda or sparkling water to make a refreshing and socially acceptable spritzer!

3. SHOPPING

You are not preparing for a siege! The shops are closed for barely one day. Don’t overbuy food – just buy what you really need.

4. QUANTITY

Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the traditional Christmas Fayre. Eat the same foods, but less of all of them – reduce your portion sizes.

5. DON’T BE A “SCROOGE”!

Throw away your leftovers. “You are not being “wasteful” Only eat when you are hungry.

6. TEMPTATION

Avoid leaving bowls of chocolates, crisps and nuts lying around and make a special effort not to sit next to them when you go visiting!

7 VISITING RELATIVES

Only visit the buffet table once. Make your selection, fill your plate and NEVER return! Resist relatives’ pleas to eat heartily and avoid standing close to the food table where you just might be tempted to “pick”.

8. ADAPT RECIPIES

Review your favourite traditional recipes and make changes, ideally by reducing the fat content e.g. you could dry roast potatoes, steam your vegetables and make custard with skimmed milk, to name just a few.

9. LEISURE

Go for a stroll with the family after dinner. Sitting down watching DVDs and playing board games lends itself to further nibbling.

10 EXERCISE

Attend your regular exercise class if its available. Alternatively, go for a swim or a cycle ride. The rest of the family will just have to cope without you for a little while, and you’ve probably earned the break

Finally, remember, its not what you eat between Christmas and New Year that does the damage – its what you eat between New Year and Christmas that really counts!