Staying Healthy During the Holiday

By Claire Vaughn

The holidays are quickly approaching, and we all know how much that can throw off our schedules. We try to eat healthily and stick to an exercise routine. But as we all know, that’s easier said than done during the holidays. All of the sweet treats and movie-watching can really disturb a routine. All of the excitement and the hustle and bustle is bound to distract. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some ways to stick to a healthy routine during the holidays.

Stick to an easy workout plan

It’s not always easy to make time to get to a gym during the holidays. Well, good news. You don’t have to! It’s easy to workout at home with little or no equipment. There are great online videos for yoga, pilates, and many more exercises. I recommend Blogilates, a youtube channel, and website that incorporates pilates with other strength training moves. It’s entirely free and very fun to do. You can even do a quick 5-minute video if you need to. Just getting in a little bit of activity is better than none.

 

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Watch the snacking

We all know how easy it is to get caught up in the snacks and holiday treats. Here are a few things you can do to minimize it. Make a plate of treats or snacks. Picking through the snack table might seem like a good idea, but you often don’t realize how much you’re eating. When you see it all on one plate, you can get a better idea. Also, don’t forget to watch what you’re eating. It’s perfectly found to indulge, but remember to balance it out. If you go for that slice of pie, make sure you take some veggies from the veggie tray, too.

 

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Slow down & enjoy

Holidays are exhausting, let’s be real. The hustle and bustle can really stress a person out. So, it is essential to also take care of your mental health as well. Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy. Enjoy some family time, but take time for yourself, too. Take advantage of the holiday sales and pick up a few bath bombs. Take a relaxing bath and get a good night’s sleep. Don’t let the excitement get the best of you. Maybe take a few minutes to bed to meditate and recoup for the next day ahead. Take one day at a time and remember to take care of yourself, too!

 

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