We have looked forward to this period since the early months of the year and are ready to just sit back and enjoy all the celebrations we love. Over just a few weeks, we will celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year, amongst others.
Along with some much-needed work-free days come parties, shopping, travelling, outings with family and friends and plenty of food.
From Halloween candy through Thanksgiving turkey to Christmas Day chicken and dumplings, these tasty treats can leave you groaning at the number on your bathroom scale. Parties, shopping, traveling and the cold weather can leave you worn out, stressed and unable to adhere to your exercise routine. Plus, the holidays always put people in the frame of mind to slacken their rules. We all just want to eat, drink and be merry.
However, you owe it yourself to remain healthy in spite of all of this. To make such a goal easier to achieve, you should see it as a gift to yourself this holiday season.
How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season
Set Realistic Goals and Stick to Your Exercise Schedule
Define your health goals and be determined to carry out all your usual exercises. Visit the gym as regularly as you used to.
Improvise Your Exercise Routine
Parties should be seen as opportunities to burn off the calories, so always attend prepared to dance. Do not drive to the shopping mall; walk instead.
Eat in moderation. It is okay to enjoy the festive meals as long as you do not overdo it. A good idea is to eat a healthy meal first so that you are less likely to over-indulge on the unhealthy foods.
The celebrations are usually never complete without a few drinks to put you in the mood, but too much alcohol is never a good idea. Hangovers will disrupt your exercise routine and excessive alcohol can be fatal if you binge or drink and drive.
Get Enough Sleep
Travel, shopping and parties can prevent you from getting adequate sleep. Not sleeping enough will leave you tired, stressed, unable to exercise and prone to fall ill.
Instead of shopping at the local mall, you could shop online. This will help reduce stress and free up time for exercise. You could buy exercise equipment as a present for yourself. While stocking up on food for the festivities, remember to buy healthy snacks.
Mind the Cold Weather
Wear proper warm clothing and take precautions to prevent a cold or the flu.
Benefits of Staying Healthy
The above may seem like too many restrictions for a period of festivities, but the benefits of keeping healthy this holiday season are worth it. You will:
– Avoid weight gain.
– Prevent illness and stay in top shape when you return to work.
– Avoid a physical or mental breakdown from stress.
– Stay alive. Remember — alcohol-related accidents are greater during the holiday season.
Enjoy the Holidays!