9 Tips for a Healthier Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing now, but that doesn’t mean that your health and fitness goals have to be derailed. Here are 10 simple ways that you can stay healthy during the holiday season.

1.  Don’t think about weight gain this holiday season.

Think about celebrating with friends at family while simultaneously enjoying the sensation of living in a body that’s healthy.

2.  It’s not about the actual holidays.

What you do on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day won’t derail your goals. It’s all the other days that are important. Holiday treats at work or home from a co-worker or neighbor or one of many holiday parties can make a bigger difference than the holiday meals. Just like doing things right one day isn’t going to get you in shape. It’s the small choices you make on a daily basis that determine if you are moving toward your goals

3.  Just eat your favorites

List your top favorite treats during the holidays and stick to those. Two or three, not a dozen. Listing your favorites allows you to enjoy them without consuming accidental junk food you weren’t planning on.

4.  Let go of perfect.

We don’t expect perfect in any other areas of life. Why would you expect “perfect” when it comes to your diet or fitness? You’re probably going to miss a workout and have a treat. Just make sure you’re trying to make small improvements everyday. If you miss a workout just make the next one.

5.  Time is scarce, but stay active.

You may not have time for a full workout, you may only have 10 minutes, but 10 minutes is better than nothing. Challenge yourself for those 10 minutes. Your body will respond to the challenge of exercise, even in small amounts.

6.  Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t.

Tons of people get really busy with the holidays and family visits, and can’t stick to a routine. Focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t. Look for solutions.

7.  Pick your top 5 favorite exercises.

Write down your 5 favorite exercises – I’m sure squats will be on everyone’s list this year – and when you need a blast of movement, do all of them for 30 seconds each. It will be easier if they are bodyweight exercises, but you can use anything as long as they are your favorites.

8.  Explore fun ways to get the family moving.

Family gatherings don’t have to be sedentary. Get everyone outside even if it’s just for a walk around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights. Go ice-skating or sledding, be creative, you might just start a new family tradition.

9.  Keep sugar off of your vegetables.

Sweet potatoes and carrots don’t need extra sugar to be delicious. There will be enough sugar in your favorite dessert. Glazing is for doughnuts. This year, find ways to make side dishes that are both delicious and nutritious.

Hopefully these simple tips will help you have a healthy and fun holiday season.