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Published on December 18, 2018

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#TryItTuesday: Five Quick Tips for Healthy Holidays

‘Twas the week before Christmas and what should appear,

Food, food, food everywhere.

From gift buying to wrapping,

From home decorating to holiday events,

Time just seems to disappear!

With the busy nature of the holiday season, it can be a challenge to stay committed to living a healthy lifestyle. Here are five quick stay-healthy tips for the holidays, so you can enjoy your holiday season and stay healthy.

Tip 1: Stay Focused on Fun!

Often during this busy holiday season, many of us become so busy crossing  items off of our never-ending to-do lists, we fail to stop and enjoy the simple pleasures of this beautiful season.

Here are a few, simple fun activities:

  • Do the holiday jingle
  • Crank up those holiday tunes and show those moves
  • Create some new moves with holiday names, such as the Frosty Jiggity Jig, Snowman Shuffle, Rudolph Twist, and the Santa Salsa Step.
  • Go Christmas caroling
  • Have a board-game night
  • Read a Christmas book
  • Make a hot cup of cocoa and sit by the fireplace and watch the Christmas lights sparkle
  • Visit local holiday light shows
  • Visit a local pet shelter and share some holiday snuggles
  • Volunteer at your favorite non-profit
  • Have a holiday movie night
  • Do a simple craft like make paper snowflakes, ornaments or Christmas cards
  • Make a snowman
  • Visit an outdoor skating rink

Tip 2: Stay Committed to Healthy Eating

With an overabundance of food during the holiday season, it can be challenging to stay on track when it comes to healthy eating.

Here are a few tips:

  • Plan your meals and snacks
  • Be intentional when it comes to eating your fruits and vegetables. Make it a goal to consume five fruits/veggies a day.
  • Write down your favorite holiday foods. Use this as your guide when you are at holiday parties. Only indulge in your absolute favorite foods, and leave the rest.
  • Don’t starve yourself on the day of a holiday party. Instead, eat healthy throughout the day, and you are less likely to overeat at the event.

If you are bringing food to a gathering:

  • Consider bringing a healthy choice. Check out Pinterest for many fun and cute ideas on using fruits and vegetables as holiday displays.
  • Experiment with healthier versions of your favorites. I recently discovered using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo as a base for our veggie dips. Delicious and nutritious.

Tip 3: Stay Active

No time for the gym or scheduled physical activity? No worries, here are a few ideas to keep you moving without taking much time:

  • Stand when you are talking on the phone
  • Do toe raises while doing dishes
  • Do a few squats or lunges every time you go to the fridge
  • Turn the music on when you are making dinner, and make a few holiday dance moves
  • When watching a holiday movie, every time they say “Christmas” do some physical activity like five jumping jacks, five push-ups, five sit-ups or five burpees
  • Carry in your groceries or holiday packages one bag at a time. It might take a few more minutes, but you’ll get in a few extra steps
  • In the evening, take a walk around the block and enjoy the holiday lights
  • Spend five minutes before bed stretching
  • Combine exercise with a holiday event, such as holiday-themed 5K or holiday hikes 

Tip 4: Stay Hydrated

Many of us forget the importance of staying hydrated in these cold weather months. Dehydration is a real concern in the winter as we don’t realize how much moisture we lose. Staying hydrated can help fight off sickness and the extra pounds. Water helps us feel fuller, and as a result, we consume fewer calories.

Tips for drinking more water:

  • Buy a holiday-themed water bottle
  • Drink your water in unique holiday glassware
  • Add festive fruit to your water

Tip 5: Stay Rested

With all the fun activities and extra to-do’s, it can be a challenge to not be utterly exhausted by Christmas morning. Being intentional on getting enough rest and sleep can have a significant impact on your overall health. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in accidents, serious health problems, depression, and increased forgetfulness.

The biggest key to success when it comes to getting enough rest? PLAN it in your CALENDAR!

  • Try to keep as much of a regular sleep routine as you are able.
  • Plan one day on the weekend as a “quiet” day – try to limit your outside commitments that day.
  • If your evenings tend to get away from you, set a reminder on your phone for 30 minutes before you wanted to be in bed.

Recommendations for a healthy adult are to receive between seven and eight hours of sleep each night.

Enjoy your holiday season ... create precious memories … and stay healthy!

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