’Tis the season of indulgence, even the hardest competitors are going to be relaxing their every day rules and enjoying the festivities. Food aside, I thought I’d take the time to do a more lighthearted but still relevant Christmas blog to demonstrate the kind of exercise you’re going to have to put in if you want to de-rail a bit and indulge in some Yuletide drinks…

Calorie breakdown:

Ok, so a regular five per cent pint of beer contains 215 calories.

Doom Bar, the UK’s most popular cask-conditioned ale has 203 calories per pint and I was genuinely surprised to hear that Guinness Draught carries around 125 calories

With the gin making laws being relaxed and distilleries popping up everywhere around the country, gin has officially been the nation’s favourite drink in 2017. A single shot with regular tonic measures in at 120 calories, slash that in half by mixing it with a light tonic and with only 59 calories per drink then this could also be another reason to love gin.

A mojito surprisingly has 242 calories – yes we thought that it would be more too. And it’s almost healthy if you focus on the green mint and not the sugar … That said with all of the above it comes down to volume of drinks. As Christmas is a time for excess goodness only know how many you’ll be drinking. If you want to burn off the calories the next day though, try the following workouts:

250kcals = 3 sets of 20 reps of barbell back squat

500kcals = An OPUK Athletic Strongman Class

750kcals = 60 mins on a Watt Bike

1000kcals = 12k run
(these are estimations are calorie usage varies person to person)

Extra tips and tricks

Drink a glass of water in between every alcoholic drink. It helps the liver to purify and detox faster than without and may also help you to have less of a headache.

Potassium found in bananas can freshen up your head the morning after.

Check with your doctor if you’re on medication, but Milk Thistle supplements, found in Boots and all good chemists can help to detoxify a hungover state. The supplement aids the liver in its job and is worth taking before you go out and when you get back in.

Above all, drink responsibly. Stay safe and have fun this Christmas. See you soon, Mike.