The holiday season is one of the busiest and potentially most stressful times of the year. If you don't take care of yourself, the Holiday season will wind up being more detrimental to your health than relaxing like it should be. The following are some easy to follow steps that will help keep you healthy, sane and energized during the Holiday season.
- One of the best exercises to do during the busy, hectic
holiday season is yoga. The positions
and breathing exercises will help you relax and rejuvenate.
- If high-energy cardio is part of your regular exercise
routine, avoid working out right before bed.
Since it gets your heart pumping and endorphins flowing, it can actually prevent you from being able to fall asleep.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day that contain lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables. Eating only a few big meals can cause your blood sugar to fluctuate, making you feel lethargic and tired throughout the day.
- Eat sugar (i.e. cookies and candy) in moderation. Eating too much can cause your blood sugar to spike and crash, leaving you extremely exhausted.
- Getting regular exercise throughout the holiday season can be difficult, so break it up. It's recommended you exercise a minimum of three days a week for at least 30 minutes, so exercise in 10-minute intervals. Work your abs or do some pushups before you hop in the shower, or run on the treadmill during your lunch break.
- Turn your workouts into fun social activities. Grab a group and go dancing, ice skating, or skiing.
- When you're feeling really drained, grab a cup of coffee or energy supplement. Caffeine is a stimulant which increases the activity of the cardiovascular system, increases blood flow, and boosts alertness and mood. You can also keep your energy levels up by eating healthy snacks when you're on the go.
- Drink more water. When you're dehydrated (which happens even in the winter), you begin to tire and feel lethargic. Simply drinking some water will not only help you feel energized, but can curb your appetite as well.
- Sleep deprivation can dramatically enhance stress and slow metabolism. As difficult as it may be, try to stick to a regular sleep schedule despite the many parties and holiday obligations you will have.