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Your Holiday Nutrition and Exercise Guide

By Brandi Goodman 

The fall and winter holidays are all fast approaching. This time of year is a major concern for some people. The lack of physical activity in many households paired with the abundance of sugary snacks on store shelves and given as gifts makes for a very unhealthy season. With this helpful guide, you can be inspired to make some better decisions and enjoy nutrition and exercise throughout the holidays.

Share Your Treats

Just because a gift was given to you doesn't mean you have to enjoy it alone. Anytime you receive candy or desserts as a present, be sure to share it. That way, you won't be tempted to eat a big helping of it yourself. Everyone in your household or at work can have something sweet to try and it will feel great knowing you're making someone else's day as well by offering.

Enjoy the Outdoors

No matter the weather, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Whether it's raining, there's ice on the ground, the wind chills you, or it just looks a bit bleak, there's still activities to be explored. You can still enjoy a walk around the neighborhood, for example. You'll just need to dress warm and maybe take an umbrella. Getting outside the house and enjoying physical activity outdoors can be great for your overall well-being.

Don't Make Food the Focal Point

Perhaps you plan on hosting a dinner or having a holiday party. If you do, don't make the table the focal point of your gathering. Food should never be left out to graze on for the entire duration. For one, it isn't safe. Bacteria can set in just 2 hours after food has been placed on the table. Two, this leads to a higher calorie consumption. Set a meal time and then put the food away. Encourage everyone to head to the living room or outside for some other activities so it limits time for eating.

Give Healthy Gifts

Especially when it comes to your immediate family, you should be giving healthy gifts. Some or all of you may enjoy them together, after all. Get your kids or significant other interactive games, sports equipment, or healthy snacks. It can encourage some fit and fun bonding time.

The holidays don't have to be unhealthy. Do what you can to include diet and exercise into the season so you can enjoy it in a way that's beneficial to both your mind and body. Your well-being is important no matter the time of year.

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

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