It’s easy to fall into out of our healthy diet and exercise routines and into unhealthy habits during the holiday season. Between taking winter vacations and enjoying delicious seasonal foods, who could blame you! The holidays are a time to embrace relaxation as we partake in festive traditions that we share with family and friends. That being said, you can still enjoy the holidays and a vacation while practicing healthy holiday habits! Try using some of these healthy holiday habits from HiDow International that will keep you feeling great as we move through the winter!
Working out while you are away on your holiday vacation can pose its fair share of challenges. First, there are the mental hurdles associated with working out during the holidays that you have to overcome. You may feel unmotivated to work out between holiday obligations and poor weather conditions.
This is especially the case if you are traveling for the holidays. If you are traveling for the holidays, you also run into the issue of being away from your gym and not having the necessary equipment that you generally use.
The simple solution? Workout when you can!
There are plenty of workouts that you can do that don’t require access to a gym or a weight room. The reality is that you won’t get as many workouts in as you would at home and the quality might not be the same, but that shouldn’t stop you from being active this holiday season.
Morning jogs, body-weight exercises, and even taking long walks around the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations are fantastic ways to stay active. At the end of the day, getting your heart rate up is better than not doing it at all.
Another healthy habit to practice this holiday season is to be mindful of overeating at your holiday dinners. While it may be tempting to indulge in all of your favorite holiday dishes, practicing mindfulness while eating can be the difference between overeating and eating until you are satisfied.
A great way to make sure that you do not overeat at your holiday dinner is to make sure that you do not leave for dinner on an empty stomach. Eating some fresh fruit or yogurt a little before dinner will stop you from eating with your eyes and overloading your plate.
It may be tempting to indulge in some wine and spirits at holiday parties and over dinner, and while there is certainly cause for partaking in the celebrations, you’ll want to limit how many empty calories you consume. Alcohol poses a double threat to your fitness goals, not only does alcohol contain a lot of calories, drinking those calories means that they can add up very quickly. Liquid calories can sneak under the radar and cause you to take in a lot of calories before the feeling of being full sets in.
After your holiday dinner, it would be wise to keep only the healthy leftovers so that you aren’t tempted to eat desserts and sweets in the days to come. Instead, give those sweet desserts to your family and guests to enjoy. If you’ve packed your holiday dinners with plenty of superfoods, you can enjoy those for the next few days while skipping out on the extra sugar.