‘Tis the season of navigating through work and social parties, family gatherings, and leftovers.
Here are five strategies to help you feel great and stay healthy during the holidays:
Manage Your Stress
There’s good stress and bad stress and many forms of both. For example, bad stress could result from financial stress, toxic relationships, lack of sleep, exercise (too much), and poor nutrition (high sugar or alcohol). As the stress in your life goes up, so too will your cortisol levels, and high cortisol levels can lead to fat storage around the mid-section, muscle breakdown and show the affects on your skin.
Last minute shopping, overspending, hustling from place to place, and party foods and drinks definitely qualify as stress to your body. Try some yoga, deep breathing, a nice walk outside, and a fun activity with friends to manage the chaos of this time of year.
Our body is made up of more than 60-percent water, so to say drinking water is important is an understatement. Energy levels, nutrient distribution, digestion, and more all depend on water. A hydrated body functions better, we think better and our skin glows beautifully.
I suggest starting off with trying to get 64 ounces of water per day. First thing after awakening, drink 8 ounces of water to start the hydration process. Keep your water bottle close to you throughout the day so it is always available.
Normal routines seem not so normal this time of year. Exercise sessions may need to be shortened or the frequency during the week may need to be lessened. But it doesn’t mean your exercise plan is torn to shambles. Maybe you get three days in a week and not your normal five, or maybe it’s a 20-minute total-body short-break workout versus your normal 45-minute to one-hour workout. It’s all good. Something is always better than nothing.
Those three-days-a-week 20-minute workouts will keep your furnace burning and keep those calories in check. It will also keep you from feeling like a slug and mentally beating yourself to death when you have some of grandma’s pecan pie.
The moral of the story is just to refrain from going dormant. Lastly, if you can sneak one of those 20-minute blast sessions (or even a walk, depending on the person) before everyone arrives, you won’t regret it.
Shoot for seven to eight hours of sleep if possible. Like I mentioned in the first tip, we want to prevent cortisol levels from rising. Lack of sleep will have you making poor diet choices, looking for stimulants and leave you with a short fuse on an already hectic day. It also causes dark circles and puffy skin…not the look you want for this years holiday party.
Indulge Smartly and Be Prepared
It is the holidays, so enjoy with everyone else. Choose low-sugar and low-calorie options when faced with a choice. If not, go with a smaller portion of the real thing. The key word is smaller and portion (being one portion). That way you’ll get your fix.
Prepare for the unexpected by having a protein shake or bar available if you’re going shopping or traveling. You don’t want to get caught starving in holiday traffic or left with only cookies at uncle Chris’s house.
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