Keeping up with a diet or sticking to a routine seems like hell during the holiday season, but it is not impossible. Here are a few tips to stay healthy (or to try to be healthier) during the holidays. All you need is 30 minutes of exercise every day to keep on track. Don’t mistake being ‘busy’ for being ‘active’, and find a half hour in between plans to do any kind of exercise, be it a jog or a quick visit to the gym for a class.
Never attend a party hungry. Eat a healthy snack before attending any festivities. Only eat the party food once you are hungry again.
… And pick your poison beforehand. Plan what you are going to drink, stick to it and drink water in between.
Go for a 30 minute walk after dinner, rather than having a nap or watching TV. You will feel a lot less sluggish and more awake afterwards.
Remember it is the holidays, and to not deprive yourself. In fact, if you are feeling tempted, you should have a small treat every day (for example, a chocolate from the advent calendar) and adjust your workout routine respectively.
And most importantly, never feel guilty. This is the holiday season. Have dessert, let yourself eat a hearty Christmas dinner, and don not let being healthy ruin your holidays. If you are not happy with what you are eating this holiday season, then is it really the holiday season? Be kind to yourselves, and happy holidays.