We all want to be healthy, but some of us have issues staying healthy throughout the year. The holidays are well underway- has your belt-line felt the strain, yet? If so, you can fix that before the holidays are up! With a few small changes, you can keep yourself healthy (or get healthier) while to holidays are still underway. This will give you a leg up when it comes to those new year’s fitness resolutions! Below are 5 easy tips to keep you healthy for the holidays!
Don’t skip the workouts
It’s tempting to just give up on working out during the holidays, whether you currently have an exercise routine or you are needing to develop one. The holidays offer a great excuse to be lazy, but don’t give in to the temptation. Keep yourself active, or get active, any way you can. Walking, yoga at home, or even just taking the stairs instead of the elevators can help you keep active this holiday season.
Get plenty of sleep
Do you get sick a lot during the holidays? The problem may not be germs, but a weakened immune system due to a lack of sleep. The holidays can demand a lot of your attention, from family gatherings t work parties, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on sleep. Get at least six hours a night to keep your immune system strong. Bonus- sleep also keeps your metabolism going!
Don’t fall into the habit of skipping glasses of water. You need them now more than ever, especially if you aren’t working out as much. Water helps with headaches, bloating, and keeps your metabolism from getting too sluggish. Try to aim for at least five eight-ounce glasses daily, at the minimum!
Keep you calories in check
Okay, this is the hardest one to accomplish because the holidays present us with so much yummy food! Keep your caloric intake to only about a 500-calorie a day increase and you shouldn’t gain too much weight during this holiday season. If you can, keep your calories at 2,000 a day so that you stay within a reasonable amount.
With more food, less sleep, less working out, and more stress, the holidays can take a huge toll on your health. Vitamins can help keep you healthy, though. Be sure to take at least a daily supplement. If you live in an area that gets snow, try vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunlight. Vitamins B and B12 can help with being tired and a weakened immune system. Fish oil pills help your heart, and melatonin can help you get a better night of sleep. All of these will keep you feeling as good as you can during the hectic holidays.