Excitement and anticipation abound this season, but with all extra obligations, year-end projects and social events, most people can expect some disruption to their typical, daily routines. This leaves less time for self-care, increased stress levels, and a less than perfect diet. During this season of giving, how can you make sure you’re also taking care of yourself and ensuring a happy and healthy holiday season?
Move In The Morning
Starting your day with movement is a great way to stay active during the holidays. Not only will you start your morning with motivation and an improved mood thanks to the endorphins released after exercise, but “Morning exercisers tend to stick with their exercise habit,” says Dr. Cedric Bryant, PhD, chief exercise physiologist of the American Council on Exercise. Because moving as much as possible is important for keeping muscles and joints from becoming stiff and painful, getting a workout off your To-Do list first thing in the morning is the best way to ensure you have the time for it. There’s also the added bonus of burning off yesterday’s rum balls!
Watch The Extras
Everyone has a favorite holiday cookie or dessert, and the occasional indulgence won’t do any harm. Sampling the specialties becomes a problem though when it’s an everyday occurrence, and can contribute to the 2-5lbs. weight gain that most Americans experience during the season. You might be thinking you’ll just add those to your New Year’s Resolution list, but the National Institute of Health has found that most people don’t ever take off the weight they gain during the holidays, and over the years those extra calories will become extra pressure and pain on inflamed joints. One way to ensure a healthy holiday season is to follow the 80/20 rule, and eat clean most of the time.
De-Stress and Decompress
The holiday season can be a stressful time of year for everyone, and whether it’s from all the extras on your to-do list, additional last minute projects at work, or losing the last parking spot at the mall, the increased strain can leave you physically and mentally exhausted and reaching for the nearest comfort food. “Physical or emotional distress increases the intake of food high in fat, sugar or both,” according to Harvard Health, and this is all thanks to the body’s release of the stress hormone cortisol into our systems. Taking time to practice meditation and breathing exercises, and continuing with your regular exercise regime are techniques proven to maintain your immune system and prevent you from gaining the “holiday spread.”
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