The Holiday season is often one full of charity, giving, and putting others first. During this time period, it’s not uncommon to see people putting their health second without even knowing it. Additional stress, lack of activity, poor eating habits and improper sleep can catch up to those in the festive spirit resulting in weight gain, sickness or overall mood decrease. In order to avoid being a Grinch this holiday season, here are some tips and tricks to keep the pounds off and the smiles on:
- Set a Tentative Schedule.
Between visiting friends and family, poor travel conditions, or last minute shopping, we can often feel pressed for time during the holidays. Allow yourself 1-2 hours each week to get in some kind of physical activity, as well as some time to unwind.
- Get some Sleep.
Not getting enough sleep can add unnecessary stress and raise cortisol levels in the body, inadvertently causing weight gain and lowering your resistance to getting sick. If you’ve got a long day planned, make sure to get at least 6 and up to 8 hours of sleep the night before to avoid additional stress, poor mood, and a weakened immune system.
Colder weather can trick us into thinking we don’t need as much water. Carry a water bottle and try to drink at least 64 ounces of water a day (more if you’re active) to keep a happy, healthy body!
- Moderate Food and Alcohol Intake.
Although it may be hard, learning to politely refuse calorically dense food and drinks can pay off in the long run. Make sure to stock up on healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables at the grocery store instead of cookies, candies and treats to set yourself up for success.
By Matt Rhodes