The Holidays And Your Health Part 2
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas can play havoc with our physical health. All that incredible (but not so healthy) food, wine by the bucketload, and parties every evening might be fun, but it can really take its toll. If you’re anything like me, you probably throw yourself wholeheartedly into the holiday season, and it becomes easy to forget that we’re putting a strain on the body we still have to live with for the other 11 months of the year. Don’t let Christmas take its toll on your health, follow these four simple tips to stay on top of it.
Don’t let your exercise regime slip
You might be partying every night with the best of them, but don’t party in favor of your workout. There’s no reason you can’t fit in both, and your body will thank you for it in the new year. A good workout the night after a session on the wine can do wonders for a hangover, and you’ll feel much less guilty too. If you’re short of time, ensure you have some gym or yoga equipment at home. Visit Chooserly.com to find out the best current home gym equipment available.
Drink in moderation
I know it’s easier said than done, but if you can bring yourself to drink in moderation, you’ll avoid the inevitable holiday bloating that you have to spend the entirety of January burning off. And don’t be tempted to skip meals in favor of the calories you’ll get from drinking. Alcohol contains empty calories, so you’ll be depriving yourself of essential vitamins and minerals, and you’ll feel all the worse for it. There’s no reason to avoid alcohol altogether, but if you try to limit your intake, your health won’t take such a hit.
Back away from the buffet
Winter food is by far the tastiest food around, probably because it’s the most calorific. Which makes Christmas buffets the most delicious temptation there is. The problem is that buffets make it virtually impossible to keep track of what you’re eating, so it’s far too easy to overconsume.
While you may only have a single entree from a menu, you could eat the equivalent of three times that from a buffet. If you’re faced with one, try to stick to foods you know are healthy, such as the carrot sticks and dips, and avoid the temptation of the unknown.
Most importantly, ensure that you’re taking in enough water through the holiday season. Herbal tea, dilute fruit juice, or plain old tap water are an excellent way to keep you hydrated so your brain, your metabolism, and your immune system are all working at their best. You’ll find hangovers seem less intense and you will maintain energy more easily, despite the battering your body could take. Although you should ensure that you stay hydrated all year round, it’s especially important throughout the colder months.
Have a lovely holiday season, have fun, but just remember not to overdo it. Your body will thank you for it in the new year.