The holidays are often a time of celebration. From parties to intimate family gatherings, there are often a lot of late nights and lots of eating involved. The season of revelry brings it with loads of fun and a chance to loosen up to simply enjoy the season. On the downside, it is also a time when freezing temperatures and the whirlwind of activities may get in the way of fitness routines. And with all the partying and eating involved habits like healthy eating tend to get thrown out of the window. But enjoying the holidays does not have to be an excuse to slack off from exercise and eating right. Here are some things you can do to keep fit and healthy during the holidays.
Keep wellbeing a priority
Prioritizing your wellbeing over the holidays can help you make the most of the season’s fun and excitement. Eat nutritious foods, make time for daily exercise, and spend some time for rest and relaxation. These things do not only have potential long-term benefits. It can also help you manage holiday stress more effectively.
Don’t give up your personal time
It is easy to get caught in the constant whirl of activities once the holiday season begins. You have to guard your personal time and use it to replenish your energy. Make time to take care of your own needs. Use your private time for quiet, self-reflection, or other relaxing pursuits. Learn to say no to invitations or additional responsibilities that could put needless pressure on you. Use your personal time for activities or pursuits that soothe your mind and body.
Set a positive example
You can set a good example on staying healthy during the holidays. Sticking to healthy routines and habits amid the crazy busyness of the holidays can inspire your family, friends, and other people around you to follow suit.
Keeping things in moderation. Indulge on those delicious foods or treats that you want, but avoid overdoing it. Choose the healthiest choices available, if possible, and try to pay more attention to portion sizes.
Prepare healthy meals and snacks for family and friends. Get creative in cooking appetizing, high-nutrition treats that everyone can enjoy.
Squeeze in some time for recreational or physical activities. Stay active by sticking to an exercise routine or doing some physical activities. Try some at-home exercises or head outdoors for a walk or a run.
Take the time relax. Remind yourself that you are not obligated to accept all the invitations you receive. Know your limits and make sure that you manage your calendar well so you can get enough sleep each night.