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Enjoy the Holidays in a Healthy Way

By Rachel Shouse

Of course, our biggest goal is to enjoy the holidays. We want to laugh, love, and hug our people. That may happen for some this year while others may be spending it alone. While that happens every year for some, the numbers staying isolated this holiday season has grown exponentially. There are ways to help reduce your stress and maintain some of your healthy habits even during this busy time. Learning that planning is essential, and a few ideas on both keeping your diet and keeping your exercise regimen should give you a good head start this year.

Planning is Essential to Reduce Stress

Some may thrive in a world covered in planners and highlighters. Others may want to run at top speed in the other direction upon hearing the word plan, organize, or crafts. If you feel like you're extremely stressed, planning is your best option.

The best way to do this is by following these steps:

  • Brain dump - A brain dump is simply jotting down on a piece of paper all of the tasks you can think of that you need to complete in order to have a happy holiday season.

  • Plan each day - After you've thought of everything, it's time to plug each task into a certain day. This helps you focus on what you have to do instead of picking random tasks that aren't actually helpful.

  • Incidental time - This is empty time. Time where you have no commitments or obligations. Life happens and while you should hope for the best, it's wise to plan for the worst.

Keeping Your Diet During the Holidays

It's hard to resist so many delicious foods and treats out on display at your family gatherings. It's important that you enjoy yourself and not stress over little things. However, being at least a little mindful of what you're eating could really help reduce some of that holiday weight we all know and very much dislike.

There are a few simple ideas that could help you stay goal focused this holiday season. Firstly, it's important that you eat regularly, even before a party. If you show up starving you're likely to overeat. Also remain mindful of what you're eating. Veggies go a long way. Lastly, try not to hang out around the food. This helps keep you from reaching for unnecessary seconds. 

Exercising at Home or While Traveling

Some gyms aren't open 24/7. Some hotels and motels don't offer a gym space. Regardless, there are simple ways for you to get good exercise. Think about running up and down the stairs for five minutes. You could carry full gallons of water at the same time to increase the intensity. Simple ideas really can be the most realistic and helpful.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, Mo.

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