STAYING HEALTHY OVER THE HOLIDAYS
1. Maintaining hydration.
Water intake is ++ important, especially when lots of sugary treats and alcoholic "bevvies" are at our constant disposal. Aim to drink at least 8 cups of water per day. It does wonders to the body, and helps you think clearer!
2. Keep active.
If you can't make it to your exercise class, you can still maintain an active lifestyle by walking a little farther or perhaps using the stairs instead of the elevator. Shopping is a great activity, and usually includes lots of walking and carrying heavy bags -- a workout in itself!
3. Allow a little indulgence.
It is the holidays, treats are everywhere, a little indulgence is expected. However, in exchange for the rich treats, try to reduce your intake at an alternate meal. Ensure you take in lots of vegetables, salads, and good quality proteins - lean meats and fish, as well as whole grains. A multivitamin can help a lot, when our nutrition is not at its strongest.
4. Wash those hands.
Hand washing is probably the single most important method of keeping germs from entering the body. This is sick season, people are unwittingly spreading their germs on door knobs, tables, faucet handles, MONEY, etc. If you can't get to a sink, you can use hand sanitizer, and keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
5. Try Not to Over-Do It.
This season is STRESSFUL. Try to go easy on yourself. Take a moment for YOU to reflect on your day, and think about all that you have to be thankful for. Take a bath, have a massage, go for a quiet walk...
6. Giving / Doing Something Nice for Someone
Giving with an abundant heart makes it all worthwhile and makes you feel good. If giving makes you feel regret or resentment, it might be better to not give at all. Remember all the proverbs/adages: "giving is better than receiving," " give and ye shall receive," " karma - you get what you give, whether it's bad or good," "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late."
Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday!