During the holidays we all tend to let our exercise routines slide a bit as we indulge in the sweets and delicious dishes that are all around us. However, this combination results in the dreaded weight gain that often happens during the holiday season. The question then becomes “How can I enjoy the holidays and still remain healthy?” The answer is to make healthy decisions when you are given a choice and keep the cheating down to a minimum. You can enjoy that eggnog or piece of pumpkin pie; however, you must acknowledge it and deal with it appropriately.
How do you deal with the extra food during the holidays – – well you ramp up your workouts of course. Rather than letting your exercise routine slide and suffer during the holidays take this opportunity to change your exercise routine and increase it a level. By doing so, you will stay challenged by your routing, burn extra calories and stay energized during the holidays. Then when you want to have that dessert or extra glass of wine you will not need to worry because you have been working out to cover it.
Speaking of energy, make sure that you get plenty of sleep during the holidays. It is very tempting to skip a few hours of sleep to get more accomplished but the only thing you will do is make yourself more susceptible o getting sick or falling asleep during your child’s Christmas program. Sleep is essential to maintaining your health and even more important during stressful, busy times in our life such as the holidays. Try to stay as close to your normal sleep routine as possible even if you must skip a party or two in order to get your beauty sleep.
Drink water, drink water, drink water. How many more times do we need to hear these words before we accept them as true? Especially during the cold weather months we need to keep hydrated to feel, look and be healthy. Also, as you are downing that water make sure you down a multivitamin as well. This will ensure that you get the essential vitamins and minerals you need to be healthy. It is easy to get off our routine of healthy eating during the holidays so water and a multivitamin is very important especially during the holidays.
My worst enemy during the holidays is food. I am surrounded by food no matter where I am – at home, work, church or with family. It seems as if everyone wants me to try this cookie, pie, cake or biscuit during this time of year. If I do not want to spend January trying to get rid of the extra ten pounds I put on, then I must have ways to turn this food down. I suggest you eat a light snack right before going to a party. If you are not starving then you will not pack away as much food at the party. Also, make yourself fill up on fresh veggies and fruits at the party rather than unhealthy items. Stay on the move at parties and keep talking – this will keep you from standing near the food table and nibbling. In addition, if you keep a drink in your hand at all times you will not eat as much as you will if your hands are free.