During the holiday season, it can seem like it’s always go, go, go. With parties, shopping, cooking and baking, as well as the normal work and school and day to day tasks, it can seem like there is never a break. Add in some travel to visit loved ones for a holiday, and you are slammed with constant movement. But you can still stay healthy during the holidays by keeping some habits you’ve developed throughout the year and adding some new ones into the mix. Here are five habits to keep healthy through the end of the year.
Be active. It can seem like there isn’t a spare hour to hit the gym, but you can take the family for a walk or bike ride — even on the holiday. You can gather up a group to head out for a walk through the neighborhood or a hike on a nearby trail, or grab some bicycles (and borrow some from neighbors for the out of town guests, if possible). You can also sign up for a holiday themed 5K fun run that the whole family can do together.
Stay hydrated. By staying hydrated, you will be better able to fight off illnesses and have more energy to participate in all your holiday festivities. Drinking plenty of water, even if it’s not hot outside, is important to overall health and wellness.
Find healthy alternatives. When cooking or baking, you can try to find a new or different recipe that includes some healthy alternatives to higher sugar or fat foods. You don’t have to skip dessert altogether, but healthier options and eating everything in moderation can help you feel better about your holiday food choices.
Reduce stress. The holidays can be stressful for many people, but if you can find ways to reduce your stress, it can be a more enjoyable time of year. Try meditation, deep breathing, yoga, or just some “me” time to reduce your stress in a healthy way.
Practice gratitude. An unconventional healthy habit many people practice around Thanksgiving can be used year round. Research shows that expressing your gratitude regularly can help us reduce stress and appreciate what we have more often, increasing our mood throughout the year.
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