It’s that time of year. The non-stop, high-energy, song-singing, merry-wishing, high-traveling, party-going time of year. While the holidays are wonderful times for traditions and memories, this is also a common time to come down with a season-crushing illness. The Final Whistle is partnering with NAV Fitness Director, Kristen Seiler to bring you a few tips on preserving your health over the busy time.
Whether you’re staying at home or traveling across the country, you want to enjoy your holiday. Being cooped up on a couch or in bed sneezing until your nose turns red isn’t going to be the restful or memorable holiday you planned.
Here are Kristen’s five tips for to help you have a more enjoyable holiday season.
1. Move your body! - “This doesn’t have to include a complicated workout...if you do have time to knock one out sometime in your day, great! But if your holiday schedule is action packed, don’t sweat it (ha!). Try going for a walk, jog, bike ride, or playing an active game with your family. Also be sure to make an effort to stand up and move around throughout the day rather than sitting for long periods.”
2. Holiday snacks - “For all those traveling, be sure to pack nutrient dense foods to snack on! Avoid stopping at fast food restaurants or getting stuck with airport food choices by planning ahead if at all possible. Aim for balanced snacks including protein, good fats, and complex carbs to stay fuller for longer.”
3. Water - “Staying hydrated seems to become even more challenging in the winter season. Try to remember to drink enough water even when you’re cold! (Half your bodyweight in ounces is a good amount of daily water to aim for.) If your holiday includes alcohol, try to follow your alcoholic beverage with a glass of water to keep your hydration up.”
4. “Indulge intuitively - Christmas meals should be something you enjoy! Don’t be afraid to have your favorite foods, but indulge intuitively. When packing your plate, enjoy the foods you love! Enjoy, but try not to do it in excess. Portion your food, it’s always better to start smaller and go back for more later if you’re still hungry. Try to fill your plate with a balance of food groups. Include a good serving of protein and pile up the veggies! If you can, try to make your plate half vegetables. This will help you to feel fuller and have a balanced meal all while still enjoying those favorite holiday fixings.”
5. Mindset - “Recognize that this is a time meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. Perfection isn’t possible nor necessary. Health begins and ends with your mindset. Stressing and obsessing over food and exercise over the holidays is not healthy. Rest is good for you. Your goals will not be completely destroyed in one day or even a few days. Stay positive and know that your health and fitness journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay positive and appreciate the gift of your health as you celebrate the reason for the season.”
If you’re able to do a few of these things each day, you will quickly recognize the positive affect it has on your body.
After the holidays are over, make sure you continue the positive trend by becoming a gym member or joining a fitness class. Our array of times and classes are designed to cater to many ages and abilities levels. Read more about our fitness classes here.
Wishing you the very best this holiday season!
5 Tips to a Happier Holiday Season
December 14, 2019
Writer: Jameson MacFarland-Hall
Guest Contributor: Kristen Seiler
Editor: Katherine Meakem