Holidays are filled with family and events, all centered around the dining table. As you head into the holiday season, there are many preventative measures you can take to keep a tight figure and avoid the sugar rush.
The holidays start at Halloween as children, and let’s face it—adults, munch on candy. This tradition is fun and exciting, but also comes with health risks. Eating too much candy doesn’t prepare you for the self-control needed for the next two months.
As Thanksgiving and Christmas approach with speed, consider establishing healthy eating and exercising habits to keep you healthy. From the food that is presented at each meal to the stress of the holiday rush, taking care of your body often takes a backseat during the holidays.
This year, take a stand for yourself and your health and create new family traditions filled with healthy activities and snacks.
Start with exercising. If you already have a solid workout routine, don’t let the holiday season take that away. Instead, get the whole family involved. Of course, that’s easy to say when you don’t plan on leaving town or having extended family visit.
Beyond time spend with your immediate family, plan ahead for vacations and guests. Waking up a little early to get in a workout is a great way to prepare for long days. Or, if you need a little stress relief, plan a nightly exercise program.
No matter where you are for the holidays, you can always take advantage of the great outdoors. Your specific exercise routine is up to you, but don’t forget to plan ahead. Most often, working out gets forgotten during the holidays because no one plans that task into the itinerary.
Here are some fun holiday activities you can use to entice the family in joining you in exercising.
Ice-skating is a great cardiovascular activity. The kids will love it! Take the family and enjoy at least an hour on the rink. Be creative. Have races, play games, and take advantage of the time you have with your family away from the table!
If you are staying in a hotel, make sure it has an indoor pool. There is something special about getting to swim in the winter. Again, you want to be proactive with your family. Don’t just stand in the water. Play games, doggy-paddle, and keep moving.
Thanksgiving is a time of remembering all that you have and showing thankfulness for all that has happened. Show gratitude for your health by staying active this holiday season.