Go Back For Seconds Of Health This Holiday Season

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Go Back For Seconds Of Health This Holiday Season

Staying on track with your health goals can be a real challenge during the holiday season.

If the short days and frigid temperatures didn’t kill all of your motivation, those office potluck parties and all-you-can-eat get-togethers make it tough to stay focused on your regular routine.

Superior Med offers the following suggestions on staying healthy during the holidays:

  1. Keep moving: Although it’s cozier inside by the fireplace, it’s important to make time to get some exercise amid all the parties and family time. Keep going to the gym, getting in a brisk walk or getting on the treadmill or exercise equipment at home. Try to get at least 2 ½ hours of exercise each week.
  2. Bring healthy options: You know others will bring the carbs and sweet treats, so try to bring some vegetables and fruits to the party. Fill half of your plate with healthy choices.
  3. Watch stress levels: There’s no doubt – the holidays can be quite stressful. Give yourself a break if you start to feel overwhelmed. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and accept help from others.
  4. Keep your hands clean: During flu season, it’s important to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. It’s OK to treat yourself: Don’t deny yourself every goodie at the dessert table if you are craving sweets. Savor each bite, then look for a healthier option the next time you get a snack.
  6. Limit alcohol consumption: Drink mostly zero-calorie options such as water, tea or seltzer, rather than the holiday-themed drinks. Alcohol can lead to poor food choices, as well as provide excessive calories. If you decide to have the Christmas Ale, alternate each drink with a glass of water.
  7. Get flu shot: Getting immunized helps protect against disease. You’ll be indoors with a lot of people who may not have received the flu shot, so getting the vaccine helps minimize your risk.
  8. Learn to say no: Just because your in-law made a triple-layer chocolate peanut butter cookie bar, it doesn’t mean you need to eat it (maybe just a bite). Learn to politely say no to food pushers.
  9. Remember fire safety: The holidays are popular times for candles, fireplaces and space heaters. Keep candles in high-traffic areas so you don’t forget to extinguish them. Turn off and unplug heaters when not in use and keep an eye on fireplaces.
  10. Keep guilt at bay: It’s OK if you don’t have the perfect diet or exercise routine during this busy time of year. Just remember to not let the slip-up last the whole month. Get back to your regular routine as quickly as possible.