Day 7 | How To Be As Efficient As Santa

Written by Jack Boardman

How To Be As Efficient In Daily Life As Santa During His One Night A Year

So, even if you can’t make it around the world in one night – let alone being generous enough to give that many people presents in one go – how could you be as efficient in daily life as Santa during his one night a year?

Now, you might not think it as Father Christmas is hardly the poster boy for healthy living and gym physiques, but to be as effective as possible in your daily life requires a healthy lifestyle. What do we mean by that? Well, fitness and efficiency don’t happen overnight unless you are indeed Santa himself. If you’re not in good physical and mental health an overload of work and stress all at once could see you struggling, it can result in illness and injury where physical work is involved.


Step one is therefore a healthy routine. ‘Routine’ is the optimal word here, and perhaps something Santa himself prescribes to, using the other 364 days of the year to prepare for the intense workload that befalls him on the night of Christmas Eve every year.


Get in a regular cardio session to help produce endorphins and reduce stress. You’ll need a healthy heart and mental health in order to take on every day challenges.


As well as a regular exerciser regime, you should next look at the food and nutrition you’re regularly consuming. Exercise and the right fuelling increase your overall health. What you put into your body on a regular basis could be a simple step to reducing your stress levels as well as managing.

Christmas Workout Playlist

Santa, with his rotund belly and rosy cheeks, may be considered slightly obese. Among the complications that obesity can cause, including high blood pressure and clogging of the arteries, fatigue would make it difficult to be so efficient in one night. However, Santa’s large frame and high-calorie intake may suggest he abides a mass and strength gain exercise program, which would account for his ability to deadlift the heavy sack of presents repeatedly throughout the night. And the red cheeks… well, you probably look a bit rosy too in the middle of a high intensity lifting session, and his red suit might well be baggy sweats.


Regardless of Santa’s mince pie and brandy diet, your daily intake can make all the difference in how efficient you are in daily life. A well-balanced diet will keep you well-balanced. Make sure you’re getting your protein and carbs for energy, strength and recovery after your working day. Alcohol and excessive sugar can leave you irritable and increase your heart rate, which is already feeling the strain of all that stress. Caffeine is also best avoided if you’re suffering high stress levels, however, when effectively utilised caffeine supplements (as opposed to a hit of espresso or coffee) can see you firing on all cylinders (though still not quite enough to make it around the world in one night).


When you’re under pressure in daily life and stress has you feeling like you’re working as hard as Santa that day, eat little and often to keep your metabolism working, rather than making yourself tired from eating too much at once, or equally weary from low blood sugar.


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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.

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