Between the parties, cooking, family time, work, and stress, it can be very difficult to stick to your healthy eating and exercise routine during the holidays. But it is not impossible and it is not a lost cause! You can still enjoy the holidays without feeling guilty and here’s how:
Beat the germs – Wash your hands several times throughout the day and also keep them moisturized. Cough into your sleeve and don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
Stay hydrated – Make sure you are drinking a lot of water. Being hydrated helps you flush out toxins and increases your immune system.
Move around – Are you stuck behind a desk at work? During your breaks go on a short walk. Move your legs around while you are working. Movement burns calories and helps your blood to circulate nicely.
Treat yourself to a massage – Even a massage chair in the mall will do the trick! This helps lower the stress hormone, cortisol, and boosts your white blood cell count which protects the body against germs!
Say no to sugary sweets – Instead opt for natural sweet foods such as organic fruits. Too much sugar lowers the immune system.
Get enough sleep – Rest is extremely important in keeping yourself healthy and helping your body fight off bacteria and viruses.
Prevent overeating – Snack smart (fruits and veggies) throughout the day so that when you eat meals you are not famished. Also, know when you’re full and stop eating. Try drinking a sip of water in between every few bites of food.
Exercise while you’re cooking – Maybe you’re in charge of a side dish or main meal for a party or holiday night. Do some crunches, jumping jacks, or squats while you wait for the water to boil. Do arm curls with a jug of water or cookbook while you’re waiting for the timer to go off.
Relax your body and mind – Take time for yourself to de-stress. 5 minutes in the morning or night to be thankful for everything you have, to write in a journal, meditate, pray, and/or do yoga can make all the difference.
Start a new healthy tradition – Maybe there is a 5k going on Christmas Eve morning that you can participate in with your family. Even if you’re not a runner, sign up to walk and make it an annual thing you do! Most of those benefit a charity as well!