The holidays are a wonderful time of the year when food and fun are plentiful. It is very important that you don’t over indulge or over extend during the holiday season because you could fall right off your healthy wheel. Here are a few tips to stay healthy and happy throughout the holidays.
1. Know when to say “No” – Holiday parties and events are a natural occurrence in the fall and early winter. You do not have to attend every single party to which you are invited. If you already know that you have a long and stressful week ahead, it is better to skip the party and get yourself some rest. Lack of sleep can lead to depression, inability to concentrate, irritability and clumsiness. Of course, it is okay to attend one or two parties however when it gets to be obsessive, you are doing more harm than good.
2. Watch your food portions – Even if you love, love, love, meatballs, cheese, or cookies; you should not eat as many as you want. As a matter of fact, you should eat less than you want because people tend to overeat during the holidays and pack on unwanted pounds. If you monitor your calories or the food you are eating you will find it better to manage your weight and not have to worry about fitting in that special Holiday dress or making a New Year’s resolution involving weight loss.
3. Utilize your home gym and/or Workout DVD’s and Videos – It is very hard to maintain your outdoor workout regimen when the cold winter months hit. What is much easier is to pull those covers back up and catch an extra hour of sleep instead of working up a sweat. Have no fear. If you have a home gym, the holiday season is the perfect opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the equipment that you probably have buried under books and/or clothes. Clean off that treadmill and get to walking or running. DVD’s and workout videos are also a great way to stay in shape during what I like to call the season of temptation. The best thing about working out to DVD’s or videos is that you can pick the time and the type of workout. Mix it up with different types of workouts and instructors to add variety and challenge yourself by trying more intense moves. I find that any video by Jillian Michaels from the Biggest Loser makes me sweat and feel the burn. If you need that extra push or motivation; Jillian is your girl.
4. Plan ahead – Losing track of time when you have so much to do is very stressful. It is so much better to be prepared for special events, shopping, cooking or whatever may be on your holiday schedule. Planning ahead will most certainly reduce your stress level and allow you to enjoy your activities a lot more.
5. Reward yourself with a Massage – Whether you have your spouse or significant other treat you or you treat yourself to the spa, a massage is a delightful way to relax and regroup. Just the hour alone will help you be one with your thoughts and the soothing stimulation will revive and re-energize you.
No matter how busy you are this holiday season, be sure to make time to take care of yourself mentally and physically. The way that you end the year is probably the same way you will begin the new one so start the New Year off right. Your mind and body will thank you.