The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but it also can be one of the busiest. With traveling, planning, and stress, it can be hard to stay healthy during the winter months. People often use the colder weather as an excuse to go into “hibernation” mode, but nobody likes to gain those extra holiday pounds. I will be providing some tips and reminders for how to stay healthy around the busy holiday season!
Many people stress about gaining some winter weight during the holiday season because we eat more and move less. There are plenty of fun ways to stay active during the winter months while still having a good time – walking, ice-skating, dancing, snowboarding or skiing to name a few. Encourage family and friends to do fun activities that will help keep you both active. Taking a few hours out of your week can go a long way! Christmas gifts that can help you stay active include a Fitbit, new workout clothes, a yoga mat, or new sneakers. Request them as a gift or give them to family or friends so it encourages them to stay active with you!
The winter months are infamous for cold and flu seasons. The holidays draw people to germ hotspots – airports, trains, gyms, holiday gatherings, etc. Nobody likes being sick, so be sure to take all measures of precaution in order to stay healthy. This can include getting the proper vaccinations, washing your hands regularly, and covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. It is suggested that you wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm, soapy water to get the best results. If you are traveling on a train or plane where are you are in tight proximity, I suggest bringing anti-bacterial wipes or hand sanitizer. Another important tip to keep in mind is to stay hydrated. It’s the little things that will help keep you feeling 100%.
Eat Healthy (-ish)
This is definitely one of the hardest tips to follow around this time of year. The holidays are filled with the best, and often most unhealthy foods—Christmas cookies, pie, gravies, turkeys, hams, and casseroles line tables everywhere. Not to mention all the drinks that add extra calories! I am not suggesting you cut out these wonderful holiday treats, but rather to enjoy in moderation. The best way to do this is to remember to manage portion size. Holiday parties often have food buffet style and it’s easy to take more than necessary—but have self-control. Find a good balance that won’t leave you stuffed like a turkey on Thanksgiving! The key is to enjoy while keeping an appropriate portion size. Try to engage in something that will keep you moving after eating a big meal rather than sitting or lying on the couch.
De-Stress Going into the New Year
Holidays can bring an abundance of stressors – financial, family, planning, etc. Although it may sound cliché, the best recommendation I have is to leave all your stress in 2017! Everyone has different ways of relieving stress, but find something that works best for you. Yoga, getting a massage, turning your phone off, going to the gym, there are plenty of ways to say goodbye to all the built-up stress. Whether it’s a few days off from work or school, be sure to take time for yourself and do something that you enjoy—not to mention catch up on sleep! One way that helps me de-stress during the holiday season is staying organized. Having a checklist or buying a new calendar helps get the crazy holiday schedule in line.
While the holidays are meat to be fun, not taking care of yourself during this time can be a downer. Follow these tips and you’ll have the happiest and healthiest holiday season yet!