Enjoy the Holidays With Your Health in Mind
By Rachel Shouse
The holidays are meant to be times of happiness, joy, family, friends, and food. While some may be seeing some family members, others may be rather isolated this year. While this is hard, you need to be sure that you're still connecting with others. Being aware of what you eat, learning how to keep your exercise regimen while traveling, and finding some ways to make alternative connections with others are essential for the holiday season.
Remaining Mindful of What You Eat During the Holidays
It's normal to experience weight gain during the holidays. It's less common, however, to see people lose that weight. What happens is you'll see a gradual weight gain over time if you fall into this category.
This may not be a big concern for everyone, while others have big goals in mind. A few ways to help you avoid some unnecessary calories are waiting before getting seconds, chewing each bite 10 times, and being sure your mouth is empty before eating more. You can also try to avoid hanging out by the food, you'll be less likely to grab more if it's not right next to you.
How to Exercise While Traveling
It can be difficult to keep up an exercise routine when you're traveling. Whether you're alone or with your family and children, you're going to have to adapt and be flexible. If you're staying at a hotel, you'll likely have some equipment to work with, but not every motel or hotel offer this.
While not every hotel has a gym, there's probably one close by. Did you know that some gyms let you use their facility as a guest for a low price? Some are as low as $5 for a single visit. You could also embrace the outdoors if the weather permits, depending on where you're from.
Alternative Ways to Connect This Holiday Season
You may know some people who are remaining isolated and quarantined this holiday season, while others may be having smaller get-togethers. If you feel alone and lonely, now's the time to reach out. You're not a bother to others and they'd love to hear from you.
Between phone calls and zoom meetings, you may feel you always have your eyes on a screen. They sure come in handy right now though. You can call your family, video chat, and more. There are a multitude of options available for you. All you need to do is google the best way for you to communicate through this time.
Don't let life stop you from feeling joy. Life gets hard, really hard. However, so are you. Think about how you feel, and what you should or shouldn't eat, things within your control.
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