Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays


'Tis the season of giving, family time and holiday parties. Even the Grinch-iest of people can admit that there’s at least one thing about this time of year that they like, and for many it’s the food! With all the traditional treats Grandma makes and the festive workplace potlucks, one might call this the most delicious time of year.

Unfortunately, overindulgence is often a regrettable outcome of celebratory eating, which becomes evident when suddenly the pants or dress we wanted to wear to the New Year’s Eve Party does not fit anymore. Never fear, we’ve complied a few tips to help you keep healthy during the holidays!

Having seconds… And thirds…
It’s a simple concept in theory, but portion control is a practice that many people have trouble with. WebMD published an article with 10 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain that can give you portion control tips on how to keep those pounds off, without having to avoid the parties all together. It may seem overwhelming, and take a great degree of control at first, but beginning the practice of portioning your food will eventually become a habit that you don’t have to pay much attention to! Instead of feeling like you’re banned from the buffet, you’ll have the freedom to partake in moderation.  

Exercise
We all know that exercise is good for us, but it can be hard to make time during the holidays. Whether you already have a routine, or barely find time to walk to the coffee maker from your desk, the holiday season can take its toll on our health. Set aside time to do some activity to get your heart pumping and keep your muscles healthy. Keep in mind your holiday schedule and set realistic goals for yourself. If you’ve never had the time or energy to go for an hour jog every morning before, it’s not likely that you’ll be able to start it during one of the busiest times of the year! You can increase physical activity and jump start your metabolism by doing simple things like getting up from your desk a few times a day for a walk around the office. Create a few extra steps for yourself by parking your car farther away, using the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator, or take an extra lap around the mall with all your bags in hand. Still need some exercise inspiration? Read 8 Ways to Stay Active All Day.

Holly Jolly Beverages
Beverages are the most overlooked source of extra calories. Besides the increase in frequency, holiday beverages are often more packed with sugar than any other time of year. Think eggnog, flavored specialty coffees, hot chocolate, etc. Regardless of whether they have alcohol content or not, the drinks you’ll find this time of year are one of the smoothest ways to gulp down some unhealthy stuff! Taking your time to sip and savor your beverages is a great way to keep it under control, and portioning is always helpful. Gain some knowledge about what holiday drinks may or may not be worth to you in this article on Unhealthy and Healthy Holiday Drinks. Another idea is to bring ingredients to make specialty drinks of your own to parties, so that way you know exactly what’s in your cup! You can find great recipes online, like those here at Health.com

Being conscious of diet and exercise year round is the best way to keep healthy, so as you wrap up your holidays start thinking of healthy habits you’d like to carry into 2016! Stay tuned for our upcoming blog on tips for keeping your New Year’s resolutions! Whatever your plans, Community Financial wants to wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season. 

*Community Financial does not endorse the information, content, presentation or accuracy, nor make any warranty, expressed or implied, regarding the websites and/or tips mentioned above. None of the content on this website should be considered medical or psychological advice, and should be discussed with your health professional.

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