November 10, 2020
The holiday season is a time when many put healthy living on the back burner and promise to start during the new year. While this may work for some, it is not necessary. There are some fun ways to include healthy living in your holiday season. You can still enjoy the holidays while keeping up with healthy lifestyle choices. Here are a few ways to stay healthy during the holidays.
The holidays are the perfect time to spend quality time together. While some of the activities that are typical of the holidays work against a healthy lifestyle choice, there are many that won’t. In fact, with a bit of creativity, you can include healthy living in your family time. There are many fun family outings that can easily include healthier approaches to things. Here are a few healthy holiday family activity ideas.
One great way to spend time together is to head out hiking together. Taking the family on a good hiking trail can be a fantastic way to spend time together. Not only will it challenge your family to get more active but it will help you to disconnect from technology and connect with the family. The best thing about choosing hiking is that you can tailor the experience to the age of your children. Pick trails that will work well for your family. Here are a few tips for holiday hiking with the family.
If you are somewhere that has snow, heading out sledding can be a perfect way to get active while enjoying family time. Even better, this is an activity you can do with the entire family. Many places where you will go sledding will involve a lot of walking/climbing. You can take children of all ages along for a fun day out. Here are a few tips for making the most of a family sledding trip this holiday season.
Ice skating is another perfect holiday family time activity. Children of all ages can take part in spending a day together on the ice. Spend some time together being active at a local ice rink. Younger children can join their parents on the ice and take breaks when needed. Spending time ice skating together can give you a healthy way to make memories together. Here are a few tips for enjoying ice skating as a family.
Visit a Nature Preserve
If you are looking for a unique way to stay healthy and get active, visit a local nature preserve. Nature preserves will offer a variety of experiences at different times of the year. In the winter months, you will have the opportunity to see different wildlife than you might see in the summer months. Many of these nature preserves have places you can go walking together. Even better, the wildlife will keep children engaged in the experience. Here are a few tips for visiting a nature preserve during the holidays.
Exercising can be so important. However, during the holidays it can often be removed from the schedule for other things. Whether you work out in the gym or at home, fitting in exercise is so important. Not only is making time for exercise important for your physical health it can be helpful for your mental health. Here are a few ways to make exercise a part of your holiday season.
Schedule it in
Making exercise a part of your routine during the holidays can be so hard. There are so many tasks and events that demand your attention. It can be easy to bump a workout to accommodate other things. While this may seem like the only option, it doesn’t have to be. Instead, make exercise a part of your holidays by adding it to the schedule. Here are a few ways to keep exercise on the schedule.
Make it a family workout
During the holidays, family time is one of the biggest goals for many. While working out can be seen as a way to take away from this quality time, it doesn’t have to. In fact, it can help to let children join in on your workouts. With a few tweaks, you can easily make most workouts family-friendly. Here are a few tips for family holiday workouts.
Reclaim your time
When the holiday season begins people will give you a list of events, expectations, and plans for you to take part in. While some of these things can be good things, your health is also an important part of this season. It is completely ok to set boundaries for your time. This might mean saying your workout time is set and can't be moved or making a modified holiday workout schedule. Here are a few tips for reclaiming your time this holiday season.
Take advantage of downtime
During the holidays you may have to get a little more creative with how you fit fitness into your schedule. Times that may have worked the rest of the year may be harder to find. This might mean getting a little creative with your workout schedule. However, it doesn't mean you have to give up your workout. Here are a few tips for taking advantage of downtime for working out.
During the holidays some of the best foods and desserts are offered frequently. While these items may be a favorite, they may not fit with current healthy living goals. Many people will give up healthy eating and lean into the holidays. There are ways to enjoy the holidays and eat what you love. Here a few tips for healthy holiday eating.
Practice portion control
Holiday foods can be amazing and there are some foods you just don't want to say no to. In fact, there are some foods that are essential to a true holiday experience. Many people will suggest giving these foods up completely. That is not necessary. Instead, try portion controlling the items you choose to eat. Here are a few tips for holiday portion control.
Know when to say yes or no
When eating with family during the holidays there can be a lot of obligatory eating. Whether it's grandma's famous pie or a cousin's famous sweet potatoes, saying no can be difficult. There are so many in the family who take pride in their signature dish. Some of these items may not fit your health goals. Here are a few tips for knowing what to say yes or no.
Bring your own items
Sometimes items you might be able to enjoy aren't part of the holiday meal. This can be discouraging and leave you second-guessing healthy choices. Instead of letting this work against you try a simple tip. Bring items you know you can enjoy an event or meal. Here are a few tips for bringing your own items.
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