The holidays are, by far, the hardest time of the year to stay fit and not lose track of any health progress you have had throughout the year. Truth be told, everybody needs a little bit of a push to be healthy during the holiday season. If you aren’t careful, it can be very easy to let yourself go, which becomes a slippery slope that’s hard to climb to get your health goals back on track. There’s no reason this has to be the case, though! You can absolutely have a good time and let loose during the holiday season while keeping up your health. In a literal manner of speaking, you can have your cake and eat it too. Here are some tips on staying fit and healthy during the holidays…
Plan to Only Treat Yourself at Events
Now, nobody wants to be the holiday stickler at events; the person who can’t cut loose a little bit and eat a little pie, or have a sip of some of your uncle’s eggnog. Don’t be this person. Treat yourself to the good stuff at the holiday parties and events that you attend.
However, you don’t want to let the behavior at these parties become a part of your daily habits. Whenever you aren’t at a holiday celebration, try to make healthy decisions to offset any unhealthy ones that you might make at other times. Luckily, enjoying yourself at these events will make it much easier to regulate yourself in your daily life. As an added note, make sure not to overdo it on the alcoholic beverages at any event, as the negative health effects can bleed into other aspects of your life, such as slowing your metabolism and creating a higher risk of abuse.
Have a Routine
When you’re not at some sort of holiday celebration, try sticking to a hard routine that will keep you in shape. Plan a good regimen for yourself to stick to, normally. This type of repetition will keep you in the healthy mindset that the holidays can often make you lose. After all, repetition and consistency are keys to being healthy. Before the season begins, plan a good exercise schedule for you to stick to.
As it gets colder, you will probably be tempted to let this slip, but that is why such a hardline schedule is extremely important. (Especially since the colder weather can negatively impact your fitness, such as your joint health.) Sticking hard to this routine will also keep you sharper during the season, and let you get the most out of it since you will be feeling strong and healthy. Also, since there are so many events that you will be eating lots of goodies and comfort meals at, try to get by without a ‘cheat’ day.
Opt for Healthier Holiday Options
Just because something is healthy, doesn’t mean that it can’t taste good! Dieting and the holiday season don’t necessarily have to be exclusive. This can be an incredibly fun time to try different and exciting recipes. Making something new for the first time is a great activity to do with your family to make new holiday memories. If you take some time to do a little research, you will find that there are plenty of healthy snacks appropriate for the holidays.
While everything you eat doesn’t have to be health food, if you find a way to substitute some fun healthy snacks into the mix, you’ll be able to see the difference at the end of the season. Even just eating the sugar-free equivalent of many snacks can give you a much smaller calorie count than you would get, otherwise.
Don’t Neglect Your Dental Hygiene
There are plenty of delicious sweets and delicacies that surround us during the holidays. However, despite all the shapes and flavors that these goodies come in, they all have one thing in common. They are absolutely terrible for your dental health. Although you should be doing this regularly, take special care to brush twice a day, regularly, during the holiday season.
If you find yourself in a situation where you have eaten a lot of sweets, try to brush right after. The gunk from everything you’ve just eaten will stay on your teeth and cause dental decay if you don’t. While you’re taking care of your own dental health, be sure to keep up on your kids, as well. They are usually the most vulnerable during this time.