Yesterday I complained about the stores pushing the holidays on us too fast. I tried to deny it, but instead I will just embrace it. In preparation for this busy season, I thought it would be good to talk a little about staying on track with being healthy over the holidays. I know for me that it is much easier to eat well and get enough sleep when I am at home and working Monday through Friday. When life gets crazy, or I am traveling, or celebrating something, it gets much more difficult.
1. Plan Ahead
If I had to chose only one tip for this post, it would be to plan ahead. This can include everything from meals to workouts to how you are going to manage the million things you have to do. Staying healthy includes more than just eating well and working out; it also includes mental health. Don’t let yourself get super stressed out during the season. In fact, you could always start your holiday shopping now so that you don’t have to worry about it at the last minute! (Ha! I will definitely be one of those people still shopping the week before Christmas).
As far as eating well, I find that its really helpful to plan ahead if you will be traveling or eating out a lot. You can pack your own snacks for traveling or if you are going out you can look at the menu ahead of time.
2. Stay Hydrated
There is no way I am going to try tell anyone not to drink alcohol over the holidays. If that is something you enjoy, go for it, but don’t overdo it. Drink water all the time. I am never without water by my side. I sleep with it on my nightstand, I carry it with me all day, I have a bottle in my car when I am driving… Even if you are having some adult beverages just make sure you drink enough water before, during and after.
3. Make Your Workouts Fun
Usually by the time the holiday season rolls around most people are finished with their fall races and haven’t started training for anything in the spring yet. It’s really good to take a break from hard training a few times a year and the holiday season can be a really good time to do that. However, I feel my best when I am active, so even when I’m not training I like to exercise. Switch things up with new workouts, take a group fitness class you’ve never tried, run in a new place while traveling…just do something that will seem fun rather than a chore!
4. Everything In Moderation
The holidays should be a time to indulge a little bit, but its good to do things in moderation. If you haven’t eaten a cookie all year it can be easy to go overboard and eat a few too many! I like to have a little bit of everything, but plan according to what works for you. If you really like dessert but don’t care for appetizers as much, then try to wait for what you really want. Also, don’t forget to keep eating your veggies!!
5. Get Enough Sleep
Try to stick with a regular sleep schedule as much as possible. If you get a good night’s sleep you will feel better during the day and be able to make better choices like getting in a workout and eating well!
What tips do you have for staying healthy during the holidays?
How does the holiday season affect your lifestyle?