What’s not to love about the holiday season? There is great food, much-needed time with family, fun events with friends, and more to look forward to. However, with all that time spent running around it can be extremely easy to neglect your personal health when every moment seems packed with making plans and shopping. The holidays are much more enjoyable when you are full of energy and not feeling run down, so here are 6 of our favorite tips on how to keep your health and fitness goals in mind during the holiday season!
1. Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
Unhealthy treats seem to pop up absolutely everywhere during the holidays, and it can be nearly impossible to resist your coworker’s homemade apple pie when it’s 3 PM and sugar cravings hit! Treating yourself every now and then is obviously a huge part of the holidays, but going overboard is never fun! By always keeping a packed arsenal of delicious and healthy snacks, you can stay full throughout the day and keep on track. Stocking up on healthy bars (We love RXBars and Larabars for their simple ingredient lists!), or cutting up fruits and vegetables for the week and pairing them with things like Greek yogurt, nut butters, or hummus is a great way to keep your stomach satisfied and save room for those delectable family dinners!
2. Fit in quick workouts
Time spent with family and friends is always a priority around the holidays, and this can tend to cut into some of your leisure time that would typically be used for a trip to the gym or a favorite workout class. Turning down a workout can be common when you don’t have a ton of time, but quick at-home workouts can become life savers around this hectic time of year! YouTube and Pinterest are great resources for finding workouts anywhere from 5-30 minutes long in a wide range of difficulties! Exercise is such an important factor in feeling energized and level headed all-day, so making time to move is a great way to ensure you’ll be ready to take on the holidays.
3. Drink More Water
This often seems to be at the top of many people’s new year’s resolutions, so why not get a head start and start sipping now! The holiday season can tend to be filled with sugary drinks like holiday cocktails and hot cocoa, and it can be easy to forget that you still need water when you are out having fun with family and friends! Writing down reminders in your planner to get your H2O in is a great way to stay on track and properly hydrated. Daily needs for water intake are very individualized, but the classic eight 8-ounce glasses a day is a great place to start!
4. Healthy Holiday Swaps
Thanksgiving dinner may seem like an inevitably unhealthy meal, however there are many delicious and nutritious swaps for popular dishes that insure you won’t feel seriously stuffed after the big meal! One favorite is mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes, which is just as delicious and comforting as the real deal. Also, simply roasting vegetables like sweet potatoes or brussel sprouts with salt, pepper, and a little olive oil is an incredibly quick and healthy alternative to the collard greens and creamed corn that people typically reach for at the table!
5. Stock Up on Natural Remedies
Natural products can be your best friend when it comes to feeling vibrant and alive all season long! Stopping by your local health food store is a great way to discover supplements, spices, and teas that can help your body feel great when your diet and exercise are less than ideal around the holidays. Picking up some papaya enzymes or peppermint tea may help with digestion and help soothe a stomach ache brought on by your Thanksgiving plate of seconds (or thirds!). Stocking up on Echinacea in supplement or tea form can help strengthen your immune system when you are surrounded by friends and family, and may even help alleviate symptoms of a cold!
6. Create New Active Family Traditions
Hitting the mall at five in the morning on Black Friday does not have to be your only post-Thanksgiving family tradition! Spending time with family while going on walks by the beach or a local park is not only an amazing way to burn off some pumpkin pie, but it is also a great way to reflect on your holiday and have great conversations with your loved ones. When everyone is home from school and work, make sure to get outside and get active with your loved ones and create brand new healthy traditions that will bring everyone closer together!
How do you plan on staying healthy around the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!