‘Tis the season for holiday parties, binging on treats, and enjoying family time! This usually coincides with putting aside our health-and-wellness initiatives in anticipation of the looming deadline of January 1st, when we begin our New Year’s Resolutions. Knowing we can start “fresh” in January makes it easier for us to allow ourselves to gain weight, become de-conditioned, stressed, and sick with a cold or the flu.
In order to prevent ourselves from becoming sluggish, try the following tips:
- The best way to prevent getting sick is by washing your hands as often as possible, or every few hours. Carry anti-bacterial hand sanitizer with you when hand washing is not an option.
- Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Dehydration will prevent you from transporting the nutrients to your cells and preventing bacteria and metabolic waste from being flushed away.
- Don’t let holiday parties run you down and force you to get less sleep, being sleep deprived will increase your stress and lower your immune system, lending to greater chance of getting the flu.
- Set weekly limits on drinks and desserts and hold yourself accountable to these limits.
- Try doing a Tabata protocol every morning to help burn off the calories before heading out to work. Pick an exercise like squats, pushups, lunges, step ups, Rows, etc. and perform as many as you can for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat for 4 minutes. Alternate every day, either lower body or upper body. This has been shown to be very effective for burning calories.
- Go for a winter wonderland walk every night with your family after dinner for 10 to 20 minutes, taking a different route each night to look at the holiday decorations in your area.
- Eat healthy by limiting your fried food intake and desserts to only a few per week, or – even better – only have a sample of one each day, if you have lots of parties and functions lined up.
- Cold air, wind and heating will dry out your skin and nasal passage ways. Make sure to stay hydrated, moisturize your skin and use a humidifier at night to help prevent infections.
- Take at least 1000 to 2000 international units of vitamin D per day since your exposure to sun is low during this time of year. You can also add a good multivitamin to boost your immunity.
- Most importantly take time to appreciate your family and friends! This will not only help to reduce stress but boost your immune system. Keeping you healthy, allowing you to spend quality time with your loved ones.