3 Ways to Enjoy a Healthier Holiday
By Genevieve Cunningham
At this time of year, the days move faster than ever. There's something about the holiday season that makes time speed up. We have so much to do and so much to see. But because we're trying to cram so much into a short time frame, we sometimes neglect ourselves and our basic health. Perhaps that's why so many of us make it through the holidays with a few extra pounds! Luckily, it's possible to make it through -- and even enjoy! -- your holiday season with your health intact. Interested? Take a look at these tips for a healthier, happier holiday season this year.
Don't Give Up Your Exercise Routine
It's tempting to stop all exercise activity during the holidays. You're busy shopping and cooking and wrapping and decorating. But do your absolute best to keep your exercise routine intact. And even if you can't, stick with a smaller, modified version of your exercise routine. Movement is key to losing weight, fighting illness, and feeling your best. If you want to keep your holidays healthy, you're going to have to move your body regularly.
Limit the Holiday Goodies
Notice that the advice isn't to skip all of the holiday goodies. It will never work! Completely depriving yourself will only set you up for binge eating at one point or another. Instead, just work on limiting your intake. Instead of eating three pieces of your favorite pie, split one piece with another person, and then eat very slowly. Instead of drinking cup after cup of hot cocoa, designate one night per week as designated hot cocoa night. It may not seem like much, but the calories (or lack thereof!) will really add up over time and lead to a healthier holiday by the end.
Prepare Ahead of Time
Don't forget that your physical health isn't the only thing to worry about over the holidays. Mental health may be an even bigger concern. So how can you protect your mental well-being? You need to plan ahead. Don't wait until the last minute to buy gifts. Don't wait to plan a menu for the holidays. The fewer last-minute things that you do, the less stress you're going to feel, and the healthier you're going to be able to keep your mental state. It will take some self-discipline, but this time of year is one of the most important times to focus on and maintain your mental health.
It might feel like an impossible task, but staying healthy over the holidays is absolutely possible. If you're eager to feel your best, use these tips. Don't be afraid to indulge or take a day off or deviate from the norm. But stick to a plan to encourage better health and more fun this holiday season.
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