Making Healthy Choices During the Holiday Season
With so many activities, family/friend gatherings, and other "to-dos" on the schedule during the month of December, sometimes it's hard to make the time for prioritizing healthy activities. While people do not typically gain a lot of weight during the holiday season, it is easy to get off a good routine of exercise and good nutrition. And, once you're off a good routine, it can be hard to get back to it. So, keep in mind a few tips so that you prioritize your health (physical and mental) this holiday season.
Some activity is better than no activity. Just moving a few minutes each hour is good for your body and a good way to clear your thoughts and refocus. Have a smartwatch? Don't ignore those hourly reminders to stand, stretch, and walk around for a few minutes.
Stay hydrated. This is good advice all year but sometimes it's hard to remember to drink enough water during the colder days because you just don't feel as thirsty. So, grab a big water bottle and sip on it throughout the day.
Get some sleep. With all the activities, shopping, and parties, the days might be longer, and the nights might be later. Be intentional about time management and know when to call it a day so you have time to get home and unwind before going to sleep.
Find unexpected ways to get some exercise in. Do holiday shopping in the store. Take walks with the family. Find holiday events that focus on nature and outdoors over drive through lightings.
Schedule your workout. For real. Put it on your calendar like any other appointment and get it done.
Indulge! Do not deprive yourself, but enjoy your favorite treats during the season, in moderation. Just don't bring home plates of leftovers that you're stuck with for several days afterwards.
Find moments of self-care. How do you like to unwind? Read a book. Take a hot bath. Get a massage. Prioritize times of rest and relaxation during this busy time of year.