It’s that time of year again… the holiday season!! The holidays are definitely one of my favorite times of the year. Although this season looks different than previous ones with the precautions and adjustments we have had to make with the Coronavirus one thing is remains the same…. there will be food, food, and more food!!
Typically holiday season food consists of lots of dessert and high glycemic carbs. Many often wonder how they can continue to live healthy throughout the holidays.
To start, remember, living a healthy lifestyle is just that…. a lifestyle. Not a diet. Not a chore. Living healthy should not be something you plan to do for a short period of time (ex: weeks or months) to reach a certain weight loss goal. Living healthy should be something you plan to do long- term. Health and wellness is important to living a long life as exercise can reduce the risk for age-related diseases and disabilities.
To continue to be healthy throughout the holiday season… don’t stop moving! Be active most days of the week. Do Not Skip Any of Your Workouts. Be creative and exercise in a variety of ways. In the gym, diversify your workouts by switching up the machines that you use. Take advantage of nature’s gym and get outdoors to do some walking, running and/or hiking. Remember the role that food plays in our lives for the body. Food is FUEL. Daily, you should be eating foods that are rich in the nutrients our bodies need to fuel bodily functions.
Does living healthy mean you will not be able to partake in holiday meals and dinners? Absolutely Not!! This is the time that moderation is key. As you continue to exercise consistently and make good eating habits, on holidays you will be able to enjoy meals guilt free.
Throughout this month, as you maintain your healthy living habits, the cheats you have in moderation will not hinder your progress. Be active, be healthy and have a wonderful holiday season!!