10 Ways to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and overindulgence.  Here are 10 ways to stay healthier during the holiday season:

  1. Park far away from your destination.  Driving around for 20 minutes waiting for that perfect spot wastes gas money and time.  Park at the end of the lot and walk the extra distance.  It will give you a small energy boost and burn some calories for your holiday shopping.
  2. Stay hydrated.  With all of the sweet and savory treats and alcohol, it becomes more important than ever to drink lots of water.  You’ll feel less bloated from the food and the water will keep you hydrated after drinking one too many drinks.
  3. Eat smart portions.  Holiday parties and family gatherings are a time to enjoy all of your favorite foods but unfortunately, after the months of November and December, people are left feeling overweight and lethargic.  Eating smaller portions will help keep your caloric intake in check.
  4. Cut down your own tree.  The logic is similar to parking far away in the shopping mall lot.  If you’re walking to look for that perfect tree and then exerting the energy to cut it down, you’ll be proud and feel better.
  5. Often times over the holidays, we don’t have much time between shopping, work, family and all of our other activities.  The best way to avoid the fast food is by stocking your freezer with healthy frozen meals.  They are quick and efficient on the go with fewer calories than traditional quick meals.
  6. Get a massage.  This should go without saying.  Give yourself an hour to forget all of the stress and have “me” time.  You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle all of your responsibilities.
  7. Drink more wine.  Substitute that eggnog with bourbon for a glass of red wine.  The calories are significantly less and studies show that one 4 oz. glass of red wine is good for your heart.  It benefits your health and your waistline.
  8. Wash your hands.  It seems as though people come out of the woodwork during the holidays and so do their germs.  Pay extra careful attention to your hands and keeping them clean.
  9. Leave the candy for your kids and pick up a handful of grapes instead.  It may not seem as satisfying in the moment, but your body will thank you later.
  10. Sleep!  As simple as it sounds, it’s something we don’t do nearly enough of during the holidays.  Make sure you allow yourself adequate hours of uninterrupted sleep.

And most importantly, enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones!

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