5 Ways to Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season

The holidays are no longer right around the corner; they are here! This time around, I refuse to undo all my hard work by eating everything in sight. I’ve got a plan to stay healthy during the holidays and you’re invited to come along for the ride, um, I mean walk.

Stay Healthy During the Holidays

Last July, I made a commitment to get healthier. Since that time, I haven’t missed a day of working out. I’m going to pause right here and give myself a pat on the back. Walking/Light Jogging (3-5 miles a day) is something I do every single day. I also strength train several times a week. I’ve gone down two jean sizes and I actually enjoy working out and getting stronger.

My favorite workout is walking on the beach. I’m only at the beach a few times a year and I hate walking on my treadmill. This is the workout I do every single day and I have a yearly paid subscription to the complete streaming library.

Sure, I’ll enjoy my favorite holiday foods in moderation, but I have a plan in place to stay healthy during the holiday season and not undo all my hard work.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holiday Season

Keep Moving

When I took a hard look at my lifestyle back in July, I knew I needed to make changes. I haven’t missed a day of working out in 135 days. I refuse to back off during the holidays and I schedule my workouts first thing in the morning, before my coffee. When I lay out my clothes the night before, it helps keep me on track.

Stay Hydrated

Stay Healthy and Hydrated

I drink water as soon as I wake up and all during my workout and I also keep a bottle of water by my side while I’m working. I also drink a lot of unsweetened iced tea. It’s a southern thing.

Enjoy A Little Friendly Competition With Friends or Family

My Watch - Stay Healthy During the Holidays

When my sister sent me an invite to share our activity progress on our Apple watches, it was on. She’s the workout queen in our family. Since I’m highly competitive, I accepted her challenge and it has helped me stick to my fitness routine. We cheer each other on and share our victories.

Get Rid of the All or Nothing Mentality

Personally, I don’t think Thanksgiving Day is the best time to start a new diet plan, but it’s also not the time to eat like it’s going to be your last meal. Indulge, but don’t make yourself miserable. I’m planning to pace myself, eat slowly and savor every single bite. That’s a biggie for me because I tend to eat way too fast.

Don’t Sit All Day

Yes, you are surrounded by good food, good friends and family, but that’s not an excuse to sit all day. My watch reminds me to get up and move every hour. Grab a few family members and go for a leisurely walk around the block and catch up. It’s much better than sitting all day. Of course, if you’re the one cooking the meal, you won’t have many chances to sit.

Keep Colds at Bay

Traveling during the holiday season can expose us to different cold viruses. Eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep can help maintain a healthy immune system. I also take vitamins and supplements every day to ensure I’m at my best. Ultimate Nutrition has everything I need and right now is a good time to take advantage of their Black Friday Sale.

As we approach the holiday season, I’m determined to stay healthy, keep stress at bay, indulge a little and spend quality time with my family. If a few friendly games of hoops or football breaks out, I’ll be right in the midst of all the fun.

How do you stay healthy during the holidays?

 

 

About Alli

Southern, Morning Person, Jesus Girl, Frugal Party Planner, Writer/Blogger, Mom, Nana, Wife, Beach Bum Wannabe - Let's Have a Party!

Comments

  1. I am guilty about the sitting all day because sometimes I just love to be a potato couch. Good list of reminders and tips for the coming holidays too.

  2. Drinking tons of water, keeping active and not sitting around all the time watching tv or on the internet helps. Eat lighter meals.

  3. Great tips to remember during the holidays. People can gain 5-10 pounds during these holidays so we all have to celebrate sensibly.

  4. this is such a great reminder for the upcoming holidays- esp making sure to not just sit all day ha! i def need to hydrate as well!

  5. I definitely am guilty of kind of letting my healthy eating/working out/etc slide during the holiday season. I love the idea of not making it “all or nothing” and of taking supplments to keep yourself feeling great!
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  6. I can relate to this holidays makes me feel sluggish from the food to the weather . I have to be more motivate because a lot of times holidays left me with bloated and it is so frustrating.

  7. I really enjoyed this post. These are really helpful tips. It’s so important to keep moving, and stay active during the holidays and colder months.
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  8. Shelley King says:

    I have trouble all year long being a Blogger. Winter and holidays are even worse. You are so right about moving around.

  9. These are all great ways to keep healthy. I’m going to do my best to do them all!
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  10. I really struggle with staying active during the winter months when it is colder. This is a really helpful post.

  11. Kudos to you for keeping up your goal. Same here, I am trying to stay focus with what I have started. I also take some supplements to boost my immune system.
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  12. These are all wonderful ideas. I’ve always thought drinking lots of water was a great one. Luckily that’s pretty much all I drink.

  13. These are such great ideas. I often forget to drink enough water and feel the effects of that. I have to make a note to do it.

  14. Great advice!! I think drinking water is so important, especially if you are upping your alcohol intake, it;’s so important!

  15. Getting rid of the all or nothing mentality has been key for me. I usually am like it is a free for all!!!!! and then weeks later it is still.

  16. Hydration, I’d have to say, is the most important of these. People take for granted that just because the weather has gotten colder, you still need to drink water. This is a great list.

  17. I started my new lifestyle plan in October so it was well in place by Thanksgiving! I am proud to say I didn’t blow it on THanksgiving!

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