The holiday season is upon us – a time for family, friends, food, and festivities! Although the holiday season is a time to relax and enjoy, it can also be a difficult time to keep up with our health and wellness goals. With so many temptations around, it is easy to slip into unhealthy habits and forget about our well-being. However, by making simple and mindful choices, we can stay healthy this holiday season. Here are three things you can do to make the most of this joyful season while still keeping your health in check:
1. Prioritize Exercise
It is not uncommon to fall off the fitness wagon during the holiday season. With busy schedules and tempting treats, exercising can become the last thing on our minds. However, it is important to prioritize exercise during this time. Not only does exercise help us maintain our physical health, but it also has been found to reduce stress and promote overall well-being. So, make time to exercise even if it is just a brisk walk or a yoga class. Get creative and involve your family and friends in physical activities like ice-skating or hiking. Also, try and sneak in exercise throughout your day, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or going for a quick jog in the morning.
2. Stay Hydrated
It is easy to get swept away in all the delicious holiday beverages and forget to drink water. Staying hydrated is essential for our bodies to function properly and maintain good health. Water can help flush out toxins, improve digestion, and keep us feeling energized. So, make it a point to drink plenty of water throughout your day, even if it means carrying a water bottle with you everywhere you go. You can also add some flavor to your water by infusing it with fruits like citrus or berries.
3. Moderation is Key
There is no harm in indulging in some holiday treats during this time, but moderation is key. It is important to listen to your body and be mindful of how much you are eating. Overindulging can lead to weight gain, indigestion, and even food coma. So, try to make healthier choices when possible, like opting for a fruit salad instead of cake or a veggie platter instead of chips. And when you do indulge, savor it and enjoy every bite.
Staying healthy during the holiday season is possible with simple and mindful choices. Remember to prioritize exercise, stay hydrated, and practice moderation. And if you need further guidance or have any concerns, schedule a primary care appointment with a local Northwest Health provider. By staying healthy, you can truly make the most of this joyful season with your loved ones. Happy holidays!
Corey Myers, Lead of Creative Marketing