RO9 TipsForHelathierHolidaysHoliday season is fast approaching! With few more days left before Christmas and New year, you may already have your plans how to spend this season such as eating and drinking with family and friends and skipping your fitness routine to unwind for yourself. Surely, we all want to loosen a bit and have time to relax over the holiday, however, that does not mean that we should abuse our body and forget to look after ourselves.

The holiday season should be a relaxing time for recharging yourself and not to indulge on poor health choices and bad habits. Staying healthy during this season of Christmas and New Year involves a bit of planning, some determination, and the ability to follow the healthy list that you have promised to yourself.

Here are some tips for enjoying a healthier festive season this year:

Make an easier exercise routine

If your local gym or other sporting activities closes over this holiday, that doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising. The best way to keep up with your fitness routine over the holidays is to do it at home. With just some available things at your home that you could use to exercise like lifting some water jags or even jogging at your home backyard, you can set up a simple exercise routine even for at least 20 minutes a day. You can also watch some online exercise videos and programs that you could use as your guide. Exercise is especially important over the holidays because of the additional calories you will probably be taking in.

Eat mindfully

Holiday foods are fantastic, but some are unhealthy. Make sure to be mindful of the foods you eat and to eat only what you could take. When you are one of the food planners for the holidays, ensure to include some healthy plate such as salads as greens so that you could still have a balance diet. Other than that, do not attend a party on an empty stomach as it makes you prone to overeating. As for the dessert, eat only one or two dishes you really love instead of sampling each and every option available on the table.

Less alcohol and drink more water

It is inevitable to have some alcoholic drinks during Christmas and New Year but be sure to limit your drinking. Drink only a few so as not to be called a party pooper by your friends but make sure to drink lots of water afterwards. Overdrinking of alcohol might result negatively to your health afterwards.

Make time for Self-care

Make time for self-care. Do not let the holiday madness take a toll on your mental and emotional health. Whether you are caught up in cooking, holiday shopping or socializing, don't put your needs on the back burner. Take some time off to relax and unwind – go for a walk, meditate, watch your favorite movie, or read a good book, do at least one thing every day that makes you truly happy. In addition, get adequate sleep. "Shortchanging your sleep can alter your hormone levels in a way that encourages weight gain and cravings for less healthy food.

Lastly, do not forget to enjoy your holidays!

The holiday season does not have to be a vacation from good health. With little effort and planning you can avoid the health pitfalls. You can still enjoy all the festivities of the season and get through the holiday period without giving too much negative impact on your health by following these easy tips.


NO I Angelica O. Pajulas

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