During the Christmas silly season many of us go, well, just that, a little bit silly when it comes to our health. It is really easy to get caught up in the busyness of end of year parties and gatherings that we forget to look after ourselves. The result is facing the New Year feeling heavy, unhealthy, and lacking vitality. So how do we stay focussed on our health during this Christmas season?
Tip # 1 – Get Moving BEFORE the End of Year. With statistics showing that less than 5% of people actually maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions my suggestion would be to start an exercise regimen before the New Year rolls around. That way you are already in the habit of exercising before the hustle and bustle of the next calendar year starts again.
Tip # 2 – Be Prepared to Say NO. You can feel pressured at different gatherings and functions to drink more than you should and eat less healthy options but if you have it in your mind ahead of time that you will politely refuse then it is easier when this situation arises. Eating something light before you go out can also stop you overeating when you get there.
Tip # 3 – Ask for Fitness Clothes & Accessories. Instead of receiving another pair of socks or scented soap for Christmas this year consider perhaps asking family if they would be willing to buy you some exercise clothing, a pair of running shoes, a Fitbit, a gym membership or even just a voucher to go towards these. This way you will be all geared up and ready to start training in the New Year.
Tip # 4 – Indulge on Christmas Day. Focus on keeping to your healthy eating plan for the whole of the Christmas/New Year period but enjoy indulging on Christmas Day. Do this without guilt knowing that you have been sensible at other times throughout the silly season festivities.
Tip #5 – Watch The Drinks. Alcohol can quickly add up the calories. With the stress of the end of year close of business preparations many people turn to too many drinks either at the end of their day or on the weekends to unwind. Consider reducing the alcohol and choosing healthier de-stress tools such as meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and walking.
Hopefully we will be able to stay on track with our health goals this Christmas Season after all ‘tis the season to be healthy.
Remember that better health is thru simple habits.