While I do agree we should enjoy the holidays, I think it’s important to be careful not to fall too far off track. It’s much harder to get back to being healthy than to avoid pitfalls in the first place. Plus, do you really want to face January 1st feeling run down, out of shape and unhealthy?
I know I don’t!
So what CAN you do to enjoy the season this year without ending up feeling like crap by the end of it?
Here are a few tips:
1. Don’t overextend yourself. This leads to burnout and stress every time! Burnout and stress lead to poor health choices and often illness. Don’t let that happen!!! At the beginning of the season, take a look at your schedule and cross out anything you aren’t super excited about. [tweetherder]Just because someone asks you to do something or go somewhere doesn’t mean you have to!!![/tweetherder]
2. Make exercise a priority. Notice I didn’t say “take it easy on exercise”? No, this is the time you NEED to keep your health and energy levels high, which is exactly what consistent exercise will do. As much as possible, stick to your current regime. Write it on your calendar in ink. If you don’t already have a routine in place, start walking for half an hour at least 3x a week. Exercise is a proven stress reliever, so take advantage of it. As an added bonus, it can help keep the extra holiday weight gain at bay.
3. Speaking of holiday weight gain, watch your diet these next few months. It’s so easy to get carried away with cookies, special holiday drinks and big family meals. Remember that although it IS okay to indulge once in a while, don’t do it daily. So often we try to convince ourselves that it’s okay since it’s a “special occasion,” but with the holidays, there are a LOT of “special occasions”. Instead, be cognizant of the food choices you are making, enjoy every bite, and then eat healthfully for the next four or five days.
The holidays really CAN be a time of fun and enjoyment without crushing a healthy lifestyle.