Nov 07 2019

Staying Healthy During the Holidays

It is no secret that people tend to gain weight over the fall and winter months. The holidays, the cooler temperatures, less time outdoors, and winter fashion can have a lasting impact on our bodies.

So, how do we stay healthy during the fall and winter months? How do we make sure we aren’t faced with the hard task of getting our bodies “summer ready” once winter is over? The cooler air and shorter days can make it challenging for one to stay fit. Cooler temperatures make us want to gravitate to warmer foods or “comfort foods” and those aren’t always the best option.

Another way is just to stay active despite the increasingly cold weather. This can be a challenge during winter because of the shorter days which can make it seem hard to find time to fit exercise into our routine. Try waking up 30 minutes earlier than you normally would and doing a short exercise in your home. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate or intense. Some simple squats and jumping jacks will do the trick. You could also try signing up for a workout app on your phone or computer. YouTube also has some great exercise videos that you can do from anywhere.

Keep track of the kinds of foods you are eating. Doing this will make you more aware of what and how much you are putting into your body. Instead of snacking on chips and sweets try fruits or vegetables to give you that crunch or taste of sweetness you are craving. Heading to a holiday potluck? Take a healthier option to ensure there are options that are good for you available.

Remember- moderation is key with your favorite holiday dishes. The 10th bite isn’t ever as good as the first, is it? When you aren’t at a holiday gathering, focus on replacing your snacks with healthier options. For example, switch your milk chocolate with dark chocolate, and swap out the chips for veggie chips or carrot slices.

Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Tara Willis

Health Coach & Client Coordinator