Holidays are a time filled with family gatherings, cocktail parties, and nights out with friends. Even though your schedule will be fuller than usual, you don’t need to kiss healthy habits goodbye!
Does your weight gain during the holidays come as a surprise? The average person gains a pound or more, and it's only December! Studies show that 56% of Americans are using this season to postpone their healthy choices.
The key ingredients of our overall health include exercise, nutrition, and mental wellness.
So if you are wondering how to handle the challenges of being confronted with temptations, crazy schedules, and endless parties... Don't worry. Embrace the holidays with these strategies and set yourself up for a healthy you while enjoying this time of year. Attitude Is Free has your back!
1. Change Your Focus.
The holiday season is a time to appreciate the people you love. Instead of focusing on how good your favorite dish tastes, focus more on getting together with them on this special occasion.
Food can be instant gratification, but enjoying simple pleasures last a lifetime.
2. Don't Pause Workouts.
Do you know the constant stress of shopping for gifts, cooking, and going to a friend’s party? The first thing we stop doing is exercise. This holiday season, change it up! Instead of doing your cardio routine alone, go on an activity such as running or walking with someone else.
If you're traveling, make sure to head down to the hotel gym or find a nearby running trail. You can also get creative at home; remember that there are no limitations in creating your workout routine! Holidays can be full of plans, but remember that your workouts can become a family plan too!
3. Eat Beforehand.
When we are invited to a holiday dinner, it’s always tempting and exciting. Many of us try to save room for the holiday meal by fasting or eating less throughout the day; however, this can backfire!
Instead, eat a light meal during the day - possibly a salad or soup. Get to the party feeling energized and ready to enjoy great company.
4. Water is the spice of life.
It's the busy season, and we all know how it can wear you down. It is essential to stay hydrated throughout your day. Experts suggest that consuming enough water can lower exhaustion. Plus, it is easier to get dehydrated and have a hangover the following day with all those holiday cocktails.
So, increase your water intake. You will be surprised by how much better you will feel through your holiday festivities!
5. Get Creative in the Kitchen.
There are no limitations when it comes to creating new recipes. Instead of giving up your favorite dishes, you can always add more fruits and veggies to your plates. You can also make healthy substitutions without sacrificing flavors in traditional recipes using fresh herbs and low salt seasonings! So why not lighten things up?
6. Create New Memories
Holidays become more magical when you foster new traditions and light up the existing ones with changes. For instance, instead of only hosting or going to food gatherings at home this year, why don't you go ice skating together? It'll be a great way to make memories while staying in shape during winter break!
You can also signup for a marathon if running is something your family enjoys doing--the possibilities are endless...
7. Skip the shame.
There are times that we go off track with our routines or even our goals, but this should not be an excuse for giving up. No matter how hard we work to stay in the zone, it happens to the best of us. If you had a night where you felt disappointed in yourself, get some strength and remember that it is all about finding a balance between joy and health! Plus, none of us are perfect.
At Attitude Is Free, we believe that those who succeed do so because they don’t give up after failure. Instead, they come back stronger! So if this happens to you, start fresh and don’t look back! Set a new goal and take action.
Remember that the holidays are a time to connect with family and friends. Most of these celebrations are about being kind, so why not do something nice for yourself?
It can be hard to stay on top of your health this holiday season. But having some friendly advice at any time when you need it makes staying healthy easier!
When we take care of our mind and body, incredible things happen, and we have more energy to come back from anything that life throws at us.
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