Staying Healthy During the Holidays

December is full of hustle, bustle, excitement and holiday cheer. But it can also be a time that is stressful for some and a time where a lot of people put their health and exercise on the backburner. Here a few tips to help you stay on track with your health and exercise goals as well as getting the most out of your holiday!

Stick to your routine! With vacations, travel and special holiday hours almost everywhere in December, it is easy to get kicked out of your normal routine. But don’t let a new city, closed gym, or a few days with the family stop you from exercising. If your holiday plans have brought you to a different city, do a little research and see what’s available to you in your new surroundings. And even though you may not be able to get to the top of notch gym you may be accustom to, every city a variety of places where you can get in a workout. Look up some local parks, pools, and bike paths. And if those options don’t pan out, you can always put on your sneakers and go for a walk or run and explore the outdoors of a new city for free.

Stop the “New Year’s Resolution” Mentality. With January 1st just a few weeks away, many of us are deciding on and preparing for our new year’s resolutions. But with this day and possibly a new lifestyle looming ahead of us, many use the holidays as an opportunity to indulge in all the lifestyle behaviors they are soon going to give up. Eating extra sweets, having another drink, or skipping another day of working out doesn’t seem like a big deal when you are planning on being very regimented and committed to your new goals come January. But instead of waiting until the clock strikes 12 to start your diet or start exercising more, start today. By making a healthy change in your life today, you avoid the risk of indulging “just this one last time” over and over again.

Moderation. The holidays bring an extra level of temptation when it comes to food and sweets. There is no need to swear off your favorite meals, drinks, and treats entirely but when you do choose to indulge make sure you do so wisely and remember the key is moderation! A healthy meal followed by a small treat will keep you full and satisfied!

Holiday Sickness and Blues. With winter’s short days, long nights and cold weather the holiday season can often bring around depression for some people. If you think you are experiencing some holiday blues, try and go outside and get some sunshine or do some exercise. These things have proven to help improve your mood. Also, if the holidays are getting you down, be sure to talk to someone you trust about it. Often just expressing what we are thinking and feeling can help lighten the load and instantly make us feel better. Winter’s months also often bring about sickness. From stuffy noses, to head colds, to sore throats. To help avoid catching any holiday bugs be sure to get enough sleep at night as well as take a multi-vitamin or some extra vitamin C. Also, be sure to wash your hands frequently. Traveling and be around lots of other people is an easy way to catch a cold!

Take Time for You. There is often a lot of pressure put on us to spend the holidays surrounded by family and loved ones. But often this can be a very stressful time of the year. Be sure to make time for yourself. Go for a long walk, take a hot bath, curl up in bed and watch a movie. Dedicate some time in your life for yourself. Taking time for yourself is an easy way to unwind from a hectic holiday schedule and an easy way to de-stress.

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