Between Halloween candy and Thanksgiving feasts, you shouldn’t wait until New Year’s Eve to start making resolutions. During the holiday season, it’s easy to pack on the pounds and over-commit yourself. However, practicing unhealthy habits can make you sick or unable to fit into your clothes. Don’t let the stresses of holiday shopping and hosting get the best of your wellness. Following some of these health tips can help you stay at your best this holiday season.
- Make Time to Exercise
It might seem hard to make time for a few workouts every week during the peak holiday season. However, scheduling some time to focus on your health and fitness can be energizing and rejuvenating. To stay motivated, try watching your favorite show on your phone while using the elliptical or schedule a fitness class you enjoy, like Zumba or yoga. Not only will you feel great, but you’ll also be able to justify that second slice of pumpkin pie.
- Get Some Sleep
During the season of holiday parties and hosting, it might be tricky to get to sleep at a decent hour. Try to aim for seven to eight hours of sleep every night to strengthen your immunity. The holiday season is a lot less fun when you’re fighting a cold.
- Have Healthy Snacks on Hand
If you are a serial host or hostess, your refrigerator might be constantly stocked with leftover sweets and savory apps. When searching for a snack, you might be tempted to dig into these delicacies. While junk food is acceptable in moderation, make sure your fridge is stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables so you have nutritious options present. If you want to indulge in your leftovers, try snacking on healthier modifications.
- Make Time for “Me Time”
Your mental health is just as important as your physical well-being. Take a few minutes to yourself every day. Whether you spend this time meditating, reading or writing in a journal, it’s refreshing to unplug from time to time.
- Stay Hydrated
With all the apple cider, hot chocolate and pumpkin spice lattes you might be indulging in this winter, you need to make sure you are drinking enough water. You should drink eight glasses of water every day, or 64 total ounces. Drinking an adequate amount of fluids can prevent headaches, boost your immune system and improve your complexion, among countless other health benefits.
- Wash Your Hands
Flu season is upon us. As people spend more time indoors, they are more likely to catch and spread illnesses. Make sure you wash your hands regularly of any illness-causing germs. Make sure you are using warm water and soap and scrubbing your hands for twenty seconds.
- Create Limitations, but Don’t Deprive Yourself
While scanning the appetizer table at a holiday party, don’t eat something indulgent unless it’s one of your favorite foods. If you don’t love stuffing, don’t eat stuffing. If you adore mashed potatoes, eat the mashed potatoes. Eating healthy during the holidays is all about balance. You want to choose nutritious options, but if you choose not to eat one of your favorite dishes, you might feel like you’re missing out. If your cousin is bringing her famous apple pie to Thanksgiving dinner, have a slice. Life’s too short.
These are just a few ways that you can stay healthy throughout the holiday season. Small changes and staying aware can keep you strong and healthy throughout the next couple of months!