It’s the most wonderful time of the year; except when it comes to your health and wellness goals!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year; except when it comes to your health and wellness goals! From holiday baking to shopping, indulging with both food and bevies during parties, not to mention all the time spent decorating and wrapping; the holiday season can be a busy time and that makes it challenging to stay focused on maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

You’ve come a long way in establishing some positive habits throughout the year, and the last thing you want to do is jeopardize the hard work you put in when December rolls around. Naturally, you want to embrace this time of year and celebrate with family and friends; however, not at the risk of undermining all your efforts. Not to worry, there is a way you can still deck all those halls, without completely blowing your healthy lifestyle out to the North Pole.

Aim For Balance

You don’t have to ditch the idea of holiday fun, and you also don’t have to throw your healthy lifestyle out the window, either. There are many out there that follow the “golden” 80/20 rule, in December (and even all throughout the year). That is, aim to eat 80 percent healthy, but allow for some treats (20 percent) as well! This ideology can be adapted for when you are at a party, during Christmas dinner, or even at work (co-workers just love to share yummy dishes at the office during the holidays). Either way, attempting this 80/20 mindset can help you stay on track with your health and wellness goals during the holiday season, and the rest of the 12 months out of the year.

Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

Make sure you have a concrete plan as the season approaches. If you have a holiday party coming up, ensure you are reaching for healthier options during the day prior to the big event. Continue to schedule your workout routines around your holiday plans and stay as active as possible. Have a positive mental mindset before holiday lunches, dinners, and parties. Make sure to reach for healthier options before you dive into sweet treats, by choosing to graze the fruit and veggie trays before the dessert table. Lastly, if you are bringing something to an event or potluck, organize a healthy dish. You’ll ensure you have a solid choice to choose from, and others who are on the same journey will appreciate the option.

Make It A Silent Night

Make sure you are getting the proper amount of sleep during the season. Easier said than done with all that’s going on; however, getting the right amount of shut-eye will not only ensure you have the energy to keep up with your busy schedule, but it will also help you remain focused, on track, and ready to tackle the holiday fun you have piled up on your plate. In addition, this time of year isn’t only about presents, candy canes, and family, it also happens to be cold and flu season. Getting the right amount of sleep will also keep your immune system in check to help fight off viruses your family and friends share during the holidays. 

Experts agree that adults should get about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Getting enough ZZZs will guarantee you stay “merry and bright” all throughout the holidays.

Make New Memories By Staying Active

A big part of the holidays is family, friends, and food. But what about making new traditions that get everyone moving? Head to an outdoor skating rink, go sledding with the kids, bundle everyone up and take a long walk around your community at night to check out the Christmas light decorations in your neighborhood. Health and wellness strategies don’t always have to center around limiting yourself, you can create new memories along the way that will have a positive impact on everyone around you.

Don’t Forget Your Water

Water may be the last thing on your mind as you are running around this holiday season; however, hydration is key to not only staying on track during this festive time of year but also for your overall health. Drinking enough water is good for body function, but it also can decrease that “hunger” feeling before or after meals. In addition, drinking water while consuming alcohol can help decrease hangover symptoms. If you don’t already carry a water bottle everywhere, buy yourself a pre-Christmas gift and get one so that you have it by your side when you are holiday shopping, delivering gifts, or even when you are at home and at work.

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