With the Holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to start preparing your body for an onslaught of delicious foods and slower days. The festive period should be all about relaxing with friends and spending time with family. It’s also about indulging in things that you wouldn’t normally give much time too. Your whole fitness routine can go a little off center during this period, and that can be a little unsettling. If you love to go to the gym all the time and eating clean gives you joy – Christmas can be a bit weird to enjoy! It’s vital that you do have fun with it, though. They say that a new habit only takes approximately three weeks to form. The first week is always tough, but if can get past that, you’re onto a winner! Here are some tips to help keep the holiday season healthy!
It’s all in the preparation and if you start taking care of your body now – by the time January 1st arrives you’ll be feeling as fit and as healthy as ever. As much as you want to be able to indulge your every desire over Christmas, it’s a good idea to keep up a few of your healthy routines too. The festive period can actually be quite draining on a person. It can require a lot of energy. Getting a balance is key. You want to be able to have fun, party and relax but still keep your fitness routine alive and kicking. It’s also very important not to become too obsessed with your fitness too. You do not want to turn into a fitness bore, especially not over the holidays! It’s all about staying really motivated to achieve your goals while enjoying other aspects of your life too. We all know that the endorphins you get from exercising, and healthy living is super addictive. And that’s a good thing! Just keep the long term in your mind too. You want to be able to take care of every aspect of your health to maintain a healthy and manageable, everyday lifestyle.
#1 Drink More Water
Starting your day, on an empty stomach with a glass of freshly filtered water is an easy way to give your body and mind an essential kick-start. Coffee is such an ingrained part of our culture these days, but there are plenty of caffeine alternatives that your should be exploring too. If you would rather, you could always start your day with a warm mug of hot water and lemon. This is a proven good-health remedy. If you really want to pep-up your day, add a little dash of apple cider vinegar too. The combination of these ingredients will boost your metabolism and help to hydrate you. And don’t just drink water in the morning. Make drinking as much water as possible, all day a regular and frequent part of your routine. Nothing bad will come from drinking a tall glass of room temperature water. If you can try to keep it filtered too, to remove any possible nasties.
#2 Visit The Dentist
You’re going to smile for a lot of photos over the festive season, so it’s well worth giving you teeth a little bit of extra love. A healthy set of teeth and gums is also one of the best things you can do for your confidence too. There is nothing worse than feeling ashamed of your smile. Your smile should be something that you are proud of! If you are feeling pain of any sort head to a reliable practice and get a thorough check-up. You might be afraid of the dreaded root canal, or you might just simply hate the sound of the dentist’s equipment. Don’t avoid going to the dentist, though. Without a doubt, if you ignore any possible problems, the work you need doing will end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
#3 Go For Health Checks
Again, you might feel a little bit afraid of the doctor and finding out something is wrong with you. Illness of any kind can be incredibly distressing, but it’s essential you book yourself in for all of your essential checks. There’s no time like the present! There are things that you can do at home too. Make sure you’re regularly checking your body for anything unusual such as lumps or bumps. Always give your moles a look over too. Head to the doctor’s to get a cholesterol test and make sure you have blood tests too. It might be the last thing that you feel like doing, but in the end, you won’t regret it. Having peace-of-mind is one of the best presents that you can give yourself.
#4 Eat The Rainbow
You are probably going to be eating a lot of beige foods over the holiday season. Pastries, cakes, bread, and crackers all seem to dominate plates and are the color beige! Don’t completely let go of familiar routines, though. Make every meal a rainbow by adding an assortment of color to your dish. Make sure your fruit and vegetable intake is maintaining a steady rhythm. Fresh vegetables will give your body so much energy too. There is a lot of drinking to be done over the festive time too. Alcohol will leave your body feeling tired and dehydrated. Instead of heading for a greasy breakfast, try to eat something green. A green breakfast will instantly start to replenish your body and add in the nutrients. If green isn’t your color, it’s could be worth considering a grapefruit! Or maybe tomatoes! Don’t just eat traditional breakfast foods in the morning. A great way to play with your diet is to switch things up a little bit. Vegetables should just be limited to lunch and dinner. You can eat them at any time of the day! There is also a ton of wrinkle avoiding antioxidants in fruit and vegetables too. Load up as much as you can. They’ll probably come as a welcome distraction from all of the beige food too!
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.