The holidays are a time for family, friends, fun and indulgence — but that doesn’t mean you have to give up everything you’ve worked so hard to maintain all year round. Sticking with a fitness and wellness regimen during the holiday season will help you feel better through the crazy weeks to come, and it’ll give you an advantage once the New Year rolls around.
Here are five suggestions for the next few weeks to help keep you on track and feeling your healthiest.
1. Exercise in the morning.
If your normal life is crazy hectic, expect things to get even more abnormal once grandma, grandpa, Aunt Cyndy and family all come to stay. Putting off your exercise until later in the day means there’s more of a chance you’ll skip it when things come up. Plus, exercising in the morning is a great way to start the day with a little peace and quiet.
2. Get a friend on board.
Even if you decide that actually working out together every morning isn’t feasible, recruiting a fitness buddy to check in with every day will help give you a reason to stay focused on your goal.
3. Boost your immunity.
Put aside the stuffing and turkey leftovers for a second and try to incorporate some immune-boosting foods into your daily diet. For example, mushrooms like maitake and shiitake contain beta-glucans that help activate the immune system, and berries like blueberries, raspberries and acai berries contain ORAC values and help protect again free radical formation.
4. Keep a food journal.
It might not sound like the most fun item on the list, but it can be hard to keep track of what we’re actually eating during the holiday season when there are so many distractions. If you take just a couple of minutes after each meal to write down what you’ve actually had, you’ll be less likely to indulge throughout the day, and at the very least you’ll know where you stand in terms of intake when dessert rolls around.
5. And finally … everything in moderation!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — the holidays are a time for celebration, and there’s no reason to deprive yourself of the foods you love that only seem to come around this time of year. (Eggnog, we’re talking to you!) The simple trick is to keep everything in moderation, and you can eat everything you love while still feeling good at the end of a meal. Now imagine that!