Dec 18 2017

Healthy for the Holidays

  • Written by  Gail Lackland
Three Ways to Continue Your Wellness Program During the Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year! Festive sceneries, company parties, shopping dates, and family gatherings make for a real season to be jolly. With jam packed schedules, the idea of maintaining a wellness program can seem like an unattainable task.

I’ve added three strategies that I have used to helped my clients continue our wellness program during the busy Holiday Season.

1. Exercise Early
I enjoy early morning workouts. The later the workout, there seems to be more opportunities for unexpected things to pop up that prevent me from getting it done.
Melih F. Cologlu, writes in an article at Body, that morning workouts leave time for other priorities. One such priority is spending time with your family. Another benefit is you’ll be more focused when you reach the office or school. Cologlu mentions that exercise increases focus on the next activity because the body is awakened. One other fact mentioned is that your metabolic rate will boost. This boost can allow you to burn more calories for the rest of the day.

2. Be Mindful When Eating
According to the American Heart Association mindful eating includes:
• Portion control – eat smaller portions and less often.
• Eat when you’re hungry - if you’re not hungry don’t eat. Don’t eat just because food is available.
• Plan - be sure to keep healthy snacks on hand for eating between meals.

3. Get Plenty of Rest
Sleep plays an important part in wellness. So, it is vital to make sure to get enough rest. According to an article published by Illinois State University, sleep is important to our overall well-being. It was included that sleep improves memory and learning. Also, sleep has a positive impact on metabolism and weight. If we get enough sleep, it can aid in weight management by helping us to have more energy for physical activity.

My hope is that we can continue a wellness program even during the busy seasons of life. These three strategies have worked well for me. Don’t be afraid to try them or even come up with some strategies of your own. Exercise, Eat Right, Rest Well and Enjoy the Holiday Season!!!