Now is not the time to let yourself slide into unhealthy habits, which is why we’ve got you covered with these tips and tricks to make health a priority this holiday season.
1. Make Smart Food Choices
From Halloween to Christmas, the holiday season tends to make gluttons of us all. Celebrating can become synonymous with overindulging. Here are some ways to keep festive meals and snacks within reasonable bounds:
Search Out Healthy Holiday-Specific Recipes
Nutritious and delicious aren’t antonyms, not even when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Make classic dishes healthier, or volunteer to contribute a vegetable-focused side to the buffet table.
Make Healthy Choices at Parties and Model Them for the Family
Set a good example. Let moderation be your guide, and come armed with strategies to help you navigate holiday parties and tables buckling under the weight of their feasts.
Stick to Meal Plans and Schedules
When you come hungry, self-control goes out the window. The holidays can wreak havoc with ordinary meal schedules, which is particularly difficult for young children and adolescents. To the best of your ability, stay consistent with healthy snacks and meals.
That said, do plan and allow for treats. An overstrict regimen can hamper diet goals and backfire into binge eating.
2. Get Those Workouts In
Stay active! When the weather gets cold, it’s all too tempting to grab a blanket and snuggle the day away. Layer up and go for a walk, or walk on the treadmill while you watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
3. Practice Self-Care
The holidays are all about family, but don’t neglect your own needs. You might schedule a massage or spa treatment as a gift to yourself.
More important still, treat your own exercise and wellbeing regimen with the respect it deserves. Prioritize your strength-training, walks, meditation, meal plan, yoga, cardio, and more. The better you take care of yourself, the better you’ll be able to tend to others.
4. Be Safe
No one wants another COVID Christmas, but this season is not the time to ignore CDC-recommended safety protocols.
Make 2021 a holiday season you’re unlikely to forget, and make good memories with friends and family. When planning remote parties, try something different from your weekly chat like a fun theme or game. Or go all out with an epic video cookie-decorating competition.
There are plenty of safe holiday activities for kids, adults, or the whole family.