So it’s that time of year again! The tree is decorated and the presents are wrapped (unless you’re a Christmas Eve shopper of course!). It is finally time to wind down and reward ourselves for all the hard work we’ve been putting in over the past weeks and months. It is time to enjoy Healthy Christmas Holidays!
We’re all looking forward to a long weekend full of dry wine, rich food and festive cheer. But, while it’s important you enjoy yourselves this weekend, here are few tips to keep your health routine on track over the holiday period and avoid any major setbacks.
Keep Up Your Exercise (for Healthy Christmas Holidays)!
You don’t need to be spending hours at the gym to maintain your fitness over Christmas (although it is a
great excuse to escape any family bust-ups!). Just going for a walk in the morning or playing a game of cricket on the beach are great ways of doing something small to stay on top of your health.
Treat Yourself – But Don’t Over Do It
This is the time of year to relax a little. Everyone deserves a break and there’s no need to be strict with yourself all the time.
Have a glass of wine, eat an extra mince pie – just don’t overindulge. We’ve all been there, where a cheat meal turns into a cheat day, turns into a cheat week! Just take it easy, listen to your body and mix in some healthy snacks throughout the day.
Enjoy that dip, but swap the chips for carrot sticks or capsicum. Reach for a handful of almonds instead of another chocolate (you’ll feel sick from eating too many anyway!). And, most importantly, drink water.
All that booze can severely dehydrate your body. This will leave you feeling awful the next day and increase the likelihood of indulging in fatty foods to get you through that hangover.
Water keeps us energised, removes toxins and aids in muscles recovery. It is vital you don’t replace it with
alcohol or sugary soft drinks. Try alternating each drink with a glass of water; your body will thank you for it the next morning!
Look After Your Mental Health
Looking after our minds is just as important as looking after our bodies. Stress can cause all sorts of ailments; Christmas is one of the worst times with all the present shopping, food preparation and family dramas.
Make sure you take some time for yourself to clear your head and unwind. Whether it be reading a good book, meditating or even a post-dinner snooze, self-care is a basic necessity. Don’t spend all your time running around after everyone else.
Don’t be hard on yourself when you inevitably slip up. We’re all human and you definitely need to let your hair down every once in awhile. Enjoy yourself, surround yourself with people you love and care for and, of course, be merry!
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