How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

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How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

The holiday season is a time for merriment and celebration, but it can also be a time for weight gain and a decrease in health. These tips will help you stay healthy and ensure that your New Year's resolution won't have to include getting your pre-Christmas body back.

 

Stay Active

With a long list of errands and tasks, it's a wonderment that anyone could be anything but active this time of year. But with the cold weather keeping you indoors, and the ease of online shopping keeping you at your desk, it's easy to let movement and exercise go by the wayside. You don't have to fight the hordes at shopping centers to keep active, but do try to get in a brisk 30-minute walk at least a few times a week. Take advantage of the limited daylight and get outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.

 


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Limit the Hors D'oeuvres

Gingerbread houses, chocolate Santas, and candy canes are all tasty holiday treats, but there is too much of a good thing. Limit your munching and keep track of just how many "little treats" you're allowing yourself. Focus on choosing treats that truly will hit the spot, and go for quality over quantity. If you're craving something chocolate, indulge in a luxurious truffle instead of a cheap chocolate Santa. If you're a fan of candy canes, try a nice mug of peppermint tea. Your body isn't a garbage can, so don't load it with junk treats.

 

Curb the Drinking

With the abundance of social gatherings this time of year, it's easy to over-imbibe. Unfortunately, excessive alcohol and sugar-laden mixes wreak havoc on your health and weight. Limit the amount of alcohol and sugar you consume, and focus on enjoying the company of your friends and family. If there's a certain drink that brings back a sense of nostalgia, such as eggnog, enjoy a glass, but don't let yourself have free rein over the punch bowl. As always, when you're drinking any alcohol, ensure you intersperse the drinks with water, in order to avoid dehydration.

 

Stress Less

This holiday season, don't take on more than you can handle. Ensure that you have adequate downtime to decompress, even if it means declining a party invitation or two. If you've volunteered to cook and host your family's holiday gathering, lessen your workload by asking a few people to bring appetizers or desserts. If you're feeling overwhelmed by trying to get your shopping done in time, take a deep breath and remind yourself that presents should not be the focal point. This time of year is for goodwill, not gifts.

 

Using these tips will allow you to enjoy the holiday season without setting back your health. If you celebrate the holidays with an attention to all things in moderation, you can experience all the good aspects of the season without suffering the drawbacks come January. 'Tis the season to be jolly and healthy!


About the author: Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or bcarroll@pivot.com.

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