It may be tough and a huge challenge to stay fit and healthy during the holiday season when we gather with family and friends, co-workers and long-time friends visiting from afar. It is indeed a season to be jolly, to spread cheer and happiness. This can mean a lots of meals shared or long nights celebrating the year end and welcoming the new year with lots of hope and new opportunities!
How can you simply enjoy the glorious holiday without any health problems? Be smart and follow these simple steps to stay healthy during the holiday season:
• Stay hydrated
. Drink plain or infused H2O as often as you can throughout the day and limit your high-calorie drinks. Your body consist of 60% water of the total weight and it need to stay hydrated to maintain this ratio. Water, as you know, is very crucial for several bodily functions, including to maintain the cell’s fluids and delivering nutrients.
• Eat mindfully
. Sit back and allow yourself to enjoy your favourite holiday meals. Feel the taste, aroma and texture of the foods. Take 10-minute break after your first meal, then you might realize you are full or maybe only need a small portion of seconds. Don’t attend a party on an empty stomach to prevent overeating.
• Reinvent your holiday workout
. Plan your workout around your holiday schedule. Instead of the usual 30-minute routine, do a 15-minute workout in the morning or evening or go for a 10-minute walk twice daily. It will split your physical activity into smaller, more manageable time intervals. Stay motivated!
• Boost your immune system
. Try to eat a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables, it can provide you nutrients including vitamin C and vitamin A as well as to bolster your immune system. Eating a handful of nuts and seeds daily is also a great way to fight illness as they contain immune-boosting minerals such as zinc and selenium.
• Get proper rest
. Lack of sleep can weaken your immune system. Make sure that you have enough hours of sleep. Short changing your sleep can alter your hormone levels that encourages weight gain and craving for less healthy food. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep at nights.
• Make time for self-care
. Take some time off to relax – go for a walk, meditate, read a good book, watch your favourite movie, do everything that makes you happy.
Have fun! Stay fit!