Staying Healthy Throughout the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching and this is typically the time of year that activity in the form of exercise plummets, yet eating sky rockets.   There are many things we can do to limit the effects of this bad combination.  After all, who wants to get back to the gym in January only to work hard to get to where you were in October?

On of the most obvious answers is to stay active throughout the holidays.  I know that’s easier said than done, but call in the help of a workout partner if needed.  Set a schedule, one that you can live with.  Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in at least 4 days per week.  If you can, get up 30 minutes earlier and get it done and over with in the morning.  Join a running club or start taking a group exercise class.  By making exercising a social experience you are more likely to go and held accountable if you don’t.

Holiday parties are difficult for most people when it comes to healthy eating. These parties are typically loaded with snacks and finger food, most of which are not of the healthy variety. On of the most important things to remember is don’t go hungry. If you don’t have time for a meal before you head out, at least grab a quick healthy snack to get something in your stomach. Granola bars, fruit, and nuts are quick and easy snacks that work good in these situations. Secondly, don’t socialize in close proximity to the food. Yes that’s right, I want you to move away from the the snack bar. Those who stand the closest tend to grab more for no other reason than the snacks are right there. Stay active and healthy through out this holiday season and chose your snacks wisely.