5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Family With Grandparents Enjoying Christmas Meal At Table

It’s almost year end, and before you know it the holidays will be here again. If you have a busy social calendar and a number of commitments to fulfill, it can be more difficult than usual to stay motivated about your diet and exercise program.

Here are some ideas that can help you avoid letting your good health slide just because it’s the festive season:

#1: Exercise

Your schedule might be different from the usual routine and it can get quite hectic during the holidays. Try these strategies to help you maintain the exercise you need:

  • Change your time of day: There’s no law that says you must exercise at a specific time of day just because that’s what you’re accustomed to. Change your time from the morning to the evening or vice versa. It’s still better to exercise outside of your usual routine than not to do it at all.
  • Try a new venue: If it’s too cold to go outside, stay home and work out to an exercise video for a few minutes every day, or drive to the nearest mall and walk around indoors before the stores open.

#2: Food

  • Make healthier choices during the holiday dinners and parties you’re bound to go to.
  • Aim to fill 50% of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, 25% of your plate with starch such as whole grains, sweet potatoes, or corn, and 25% of your plate with lean proteins like skinless turkey or chicken.
  • Are you going to a pot-luck party? Make a healthy, filling side dish like this whole-grain rice salad with cranberries and pumpkin seeds.

roasted carp stuffed with vegetables for christmas

#3: Drink

Hit the bottle the healthy way by switching from wine and alcoholic drinks to delicious virgin cocktails made with fruit juice and club soda.

Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day by sipping on water or other calorie-free beverages. If you plan to drink alcohol, do so in moderation – no more than 1 drink/day for women, and 2 drinks/day for men.

#4: Keep Busy

Avoid eating to cope with those bad feelings that often crop up during the holidays. Keep yourself occupied by:

  • writing holiday cards
  • volunteering for good causes
  • exercising
  • spending time with friends

#5: Read a Good Book

Select a couple of good books to read in advance of the days out, and take them with to keep you occupied when you need it.

Take Action

Don’t wait until the holidays are here to take action. Make an appointment today with Lifestyle Medical Center and learn how to keep yourself healthy during the holiday season—and all winter long.