Christmas and the holiday season are just around the corner. This time is all about relaxing, spending precious time with the loved ones and eating tons of delicious food. There is less chance to go to the gym or even have a home workout and it is really hard to resist the temptation of all the traditional Christmas food. Though it may seem impossible, keeping up with a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season is actually feasible. Now we tell you how.
1. Stay hydrated
Feeling hungry can be a consequence of being dehydrated which can lead to unreasonable snacking and overeating. In the cold weather we tend to drink less water since we feel less thirsty. Although, hydration is key not only for the stomach but for the skin as well. You can easily decide how much you should drink a day by taking your body weight, dividing it into half and in this way, you get what amount of fluid ounces is suitable for you daily.
2. Avoid overeating
Overeating during the holiday season is a common issue when there are so many magnificent dishes on the table and you want to get them all. Unfortunately, this can lead to digestive problems such as indigestion or gastroesophageal reflux. In order to avoid these uncomfortable conditions, try to eat moderately. Choose only the most-looking dishes or put only mouthful amounts on your plate, filling it half with vegetables and never forget to drink water.
3. Stay active
Though physical activities usually get ranked last on the list in the holiday season, try to think about it as a getaway from all the Christmas craze and stress. There is no need to exercise for hours, only a 20-minutes home workout or a short run 3-4 times a week is enough to trigger endorphin production in your body and feel energized, renewed and motivated. It is difficult to persuade yourself to exercise after work or in the evening so try to schedule it in the morning hours which will help you stay energized throughout the day.
4. Eat regularly and often
It is important to maintain your nutrition routine during the holidays as well. Schedule your breakfast within an hour after waking up and try to eat something in every four hours. Planning ahead is a good solution so in case you generally meal prep, keep up with this useful habit during the holidays too. This will help you stay away from overeating and make poor choices for lunch and dinner.
5. Relax and enjoy
Me-time is crucial not just everyday but especially during the Christmas season. In case you feel stressed and overwhelmed, take the time to clear your mind. A good book, a relaxing bath, an entertaining movie or a fantastic massage are all great options to get you out of the holiday madness and pamper yourself. In this way, you will be able to manage things more collected and energized.
Keeping a balance between enjoying the holidays carefree and maintaining your healthy lifestyle is almost impossible but keep in mind that this balance is essential to feel good both physically and mentally. Hopefully these tips will help you find the way to have a happy and lovely season.