How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

How to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

 

The holidays are fast-approaching, and while the season may be referred to as the “most wonderful time of the year,” it introduces new challenges to those committed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The months of November through January are typically chock-full of boozy cocktail parties, home cooked calorie-filled meals, and decadent desserts. You may feel like the only way chance you have at staying healthy during the holidays is by missing out on all the fun and hibernating until after the new year, but there’s no need for that. A little bit of planning can help you stay on track during the holidays, and we can help.

 

Fill Up First

 

Holiday parties usually offer sweets and goods galore. If you are committed to staying fit during the holiday season, plan to fill up on healthy foods before heading to your holiday event. Eating a healthy meal beforehand will make you feel satisfied, and you’ll be less likely to overindulge in unhealthy snacks. That doesn’t mean you have to give up treats entirely; just be wise about what you eat. A few small bites of your favorite holiday food won’t ruin your healthy diet. Just be smart, and embrace moderation.

 

Easy on the Booze

 

Balance is key to maintaining your health during the holidays, and that goes for both eating and drinking. There’s an average of 125 calories in a glass of red wine, and those calories can quickly add up, especially when you’re celebrating at a holiday party. Limit yourself to one or two drinks during each holiday event you attend to avoid going over your target daily caloric intake. It’s also a good idea to try and choose lower-calorie drink options, such as vodka and soda water, instead of unhealthy, sugary cocktails.

 

Stay Active

 

The holidays are a busy time for many people. You may be shopping, traveling, and preparing for events during much of your free time. While it may be a challenge to find the time to exercise during the holiday season, it’s crucial for maintaining your health. Not only will working out help to burn off some of those extra calories—it can also help you to manage your stress, and give yourself a break from the commotion of family and friends. Keeping up with your fitness routine as much as possible is key to having a happy, healthy holiday season.

 

You don’t have to miss out on all the fun of the holidays to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s entirely possible to stay fit while also enjoying some of the pleasures of the season. If you need some extra help staying on track, a personal trainer can be a big help. Reach out to us for more tips on how you can stay fit during the holiday season.