Written By Mikkie Mills / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Holidays are a time many people look forward to. What could be better than gifts, spending time with family and friends, and eating good food? If you're trying to maintain certain health goals, the last part might throw you for a loop and make it difficult to achieve.
Rather than allow your health to take a back seat, keep these ideas in mind as you sail through the holiday season. You can enjoy these special days while still reaching your goals for strength and weight management. Learn more and see how you can take better care of yourself no matter what time of year it is.
The next time you're at a holiday party, think twice before you help yourself to everything tasty you see. It's easy to get caught up in appetizers, wine, and fancy desserts, but too many of these can ruin your weight loss goals, leave you feeling sluggish, get you into bad habits of overindulging, or all three.
Instead, focus on setting limits with yourself when you go to holiday parties. Perhaps only have one glass of wine or a couple of appetizers before calling it quits. Having firm limits with yourself, while it might seem restrictive in nature, can be a benefit, since it helps you know when to stop.
Make eating before a get together the main focus, and use this time to have a healthy, balanced meal that meets your needs. Make sure you are taking supplements, such as vitamins and fat burners to help you stay committed to your routine.
You may already have a fitness routine down to a science that you follow regularly. During the holidays, it can be easy for your routine to get messed up from parties, children's functions, and other events that typically take place during a holiday. If you find it's becoming all too easy to get off track with fitness, consider switching it up.
Think about working out for shorter periods of time, but doing so once in the morning and again at night. Find workout routines that you can do from home, without taking time out to visit the gym.
Even just switching up how you live your life can help, such as walking more often, taking the elevator instead of the stairs, and so on. When life tries to throw a wrench into your plans, use this time to find new ways that you can be flexible and find solutions to work for you.
Sleep is one component many adults think they can skip. Some people believe they can get more done if they don't sleep, like wrapping presents, shopping, or trying to tackle housework before having guests over. But cutting out sleep can lead to weight gain and other unpleasant side effects.
Worse yet, if you choose to medicate with coffee or other stimulants in order to get through the day, you could be selling yourself short. Make time to get sleep, or at least enough that is right for your body and needs. For some people, this might be as few as seven hours while others require nine or more. The important thing is to consider yourself and what you can handle, adjusting when needed.
Keeping on top of your health goals during the holidays can present a challenge, but there are ways to handle it. Watch how much food and drink you are indulging in, and consider cutting back and even eating before you head to a party, so you won't be tempted.
Develop alternative workout routines that you can do at home when life gets busy and the going gets tough. Finally, make sleep a priority, and ensure you are getting enough every night. Following these simple steps won't take away all of the madness of the holidays, but they can help make it more manageable.
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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is also a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on interior design, budgeting hacks and DIY. When she's not writing, she's chasing the little ones around, walking her dog, or can be found rock climbing at the local climbing gym.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.