5 Tips For A Fit & Healthy Holiday Season

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends, lots of parties and events, and, of course, great food. It's hard to completely stay away from the sweet potato pie or ignore the cornbread stuffing. But here are some great tips to staying fit and healthy during this festive season.

1. Portion control There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the culinary delights of the holidays, but you don’t need to go overboard and eat everything in sight in order to have a good time. It’s all about balance. Choose which days or parties you will allow yourself to splurge and simply cut back the rest of the time. For some parties you may want to eat a healthy dinner first to avoid getting there hungry and over-snacking on the calorific cuisine. Plan ahead and be mindful of your portion sizes.

2. Keep Exercising With more social activities happening, it’s easy to let your workouts fall by the wayside. But this is the exact opposite of what to do over the festive period. In fact, it would be advisable to even up your sessions if possible to counterbalance the excess if you know you will be indulging more than usual. You don’t want a steep hill to climb come January.

3. Reduce Stress The holidays can be one of the most stressful times of the year so be sure to take some time out for yourself, even if it’s a few minutes each day. Grabbing a yoga class when you can or some time for meditation in the morning can help you through the hectic season.

4. Stay Healthy It’s sometimes hard to dodge all the bugs that go around at this time of the year, especially with increased travel and socializing. Remember to stay sanitized, hydrated, and stay up on your fruit and veggies high in anti-oxidants amid all the other temptations.

5. Savor the Time We live in such a fast pace world that it’s hard to believe we’re already in November – where did the year go? In that vein, live in the moment and really be present when spending time with friends and family. Give loved ones the gift of your time and your attention. Happy Holidays!