10 ways to Keep in Shape this Christmas

1.     Start the day right with a ½ a lemon squeezed into warm water. It will clear out the toxins from the champagne last night… or the night before….

2.     Speaking of water, drink a big glass of filtered, bottled or alkaline water before you head out to your festive do’s: Hydration is often confused with hunger and before you know it you’ve arrived and eaten half a plate of mini pizzas. This will reduce the impact of your hangover tomorrow as well – goodbye fogginess, headaches and aches, hello energy and zest!

3.     Get outside for a stroll now that the days are longer and remind yourself how beautiful summer in Australia is.

4.     Offer to host your friend-mas at your place, providing the most delicious sugar free dinner party for your friends they could ever imagine. Raw zucchini pasta with prawns tossed through, topped with pine nuts and a sprinkle of goats feta, anyone?

5.     After Christmas lunch happens, grab a footy, cricket ball or frisbee and entertain your oldies with some classic backyard sport. It will remind them of the ‘good old days’ and your uncle Stu is sure to whip out a story or two. The happiness alone on their faces will do it for you, but better still, you’ll be getting active without even realising.

6.     When you’re down at Bondi, Cronulla, Portsea or Sorrento (or Bali for jet-setters), hire a board and (attempt to) ride some waves. You’ll meet a few funny typical Aussie surfer dudes, as well as have fun finding out how coordinated you are, or there lack of.

7.      Give the gift of love aka the gift of health by buying gifts for your fam-bam that will improve their wellness – healthy cookbooks, passes to that luxe pilates or hot yoga studio or even just some homemade sugar free chocolates instead of the standard box of Roses will be helpful for them. How it benefits you is that you’ll get to share in some of the healthy stuff that they are getting involved in, so it’s a win win for all.

8.     Go easy on the treats. A slice of Aunty Nancy’s decadent chocolate brownie (definitely NOT sugar free), those cocktails at your christmas party and the subsequent 1am kebab / burger all add up (it’s ok, we do it too). Be smart and be conscientious: tasty at the time, it doesn’t feel so great for the week after when you’re bloated and moody.

9.     Remember that life exists after Christmas day. Yes, we know that your grandma WILL give you the darkest death stare when you decline her third helping of roast lamb (or pasta for anyone o European descent), but she will survive. If you’re full, own it, and be ok with it. They don’t have to wake up to the food coma in the morning, but you do.

10.  Finally… enjoy it! Don’t feel bad for indulging a little – it’s Christmas! Embrace the opportunity that your family is together sharing something special and don’t overthink it. We were designed with senses like taste and smell so we can enrich our experiences – so make the most of them!

This article was a sponsored post for natural sweetener company, Natvia. Know that I would only endorse a company I believe in, therefore if you are looking for an alternative to sugar this christmas (or in general), I highly recommend the product.

Olivia Arezzolo | Integrative Personal Trainer | Melbourne | Fitness Model

Why Training Legs Gives You Abs

Yes, you did read that correctly, and no, i’m not on a chai high (that was this morning). Legs = abs, what? 


Firstly, abs are only seen when you have low levels of body fat. As in, around the levels of 15-20% for girls or 10-15% for males. So really, what we need to focus on is achieving low levels of body fat to see abs right? Right. 

Legs come into the equation because legs are our largest muscle group. So when we train them, we use a lot of energy, as well as giving our metabolism a kick up the ass. And, as we know, a faster metabolism burns fat - even when you’re not training. So that lean percentage of body fat will come when we have a fast metabolism combined with clean eating, because again, we know that food is around 70% of why we look the way we do.

I personally train abs a little, but legs a lot. And my abs - well, I am proud / impressed to see them given that I don't spend hours of day doing sit ups. Conclusion? Skip the crunches for squats, and see the changes.

Image Credit
Photography: Nick Dale
Make up / Hair: Janice Wu
Tan: Tuscan Tan
Outfit: Kiss Kill