It’s that time of year again! The air is brisk; everywhere you turn, there is a pumpkin spice version of something; and the holidays are fast approaching!
This is also the time of year when it can be a struggle to stay on track with wellness goals, so here are five DIY Health tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while you truly enjoy the holiday season.
Busy holiday schedules can make it more challenging to remain consistent with your fitness efforts. Here’s some good news that can help: Doing exercise in increments as short as 10 minutes three times daily can be as effective as doing one 30-minute workout. You can almost always find 10 minutes, right? Try the 10-minute full-body circuit routine in this month’s Move for Health PDF and the video below. Do one round first thing in the morning, one round over your break, and one after work, and you’ll reach your goal of 30 minutes even during this busy season!
Weighted Lunge Pulses with Kickbacks (8-12 reps each side)
Burpees (8-12 reps)
Weighted Crunches (8-12 reps each side)
Mountain Climbers (8-12 reps)
Renegade Rows (8-12 reps each side)
Holiday season schedule stresses and temptations lead some people to just throw in the towel on wellness goals in November and not get back on track until after the New Year. Instead of that “all or nothing” mentality, focus on setting realistic wellness goals for yourself. Even if you don’t have the time and energy to hit all your “ideal” goals, you can still commit to a healthy sleep routine, short bouts of exercise like the 10-minute workout above, a few minutes of “me-time” each day to help you decompress, and prepping healthy foods ahead of time to make it easier to get nutritious meals and snacks even on your busiest days.
Speaking of the “all or nothing” mentality and food, don’t feel like your only healthy choice is to skip holiday feasts and parties altogether. Consider these tips for surviving a party buffet. And put a healthy spin on your seasonal favorites and get creative with your holiday leftovers with this month’s Eat for Health download — five festive recipes to enjoy!
Festive Fall Salad (adapted from CookingLight.com)
Easy Leftover Turkey Pho (adapted from www.Food52.com)
Holiday Fruit Salad (adapted from FoodNetwork.com)
So many traditions celebrate giving and gratitude at this time of year — why not make a holiday tradition with friends and family of giving back to those in need? You can donate food to a local food bank, volunteer your time to a local shelter serving meals, or collect gifts for a family in need. If you need some ideas, the Salvation Army’s volunteer site is a good place to find ways to give back in your community. Here’s an added bonus: Studies have shown that there are mental and physical health benefits to doing volunteer work!
Be sure to drink responsibly during the holiday season. Moderate intake means one drink per day for healthy men over age 65, up to two drinks per day for healthy men age 65 and younger, and one drink per day for healthy women of all ages.
Keep in mind that you don’t need alcohol to make and enjoy a festive drink — consider some of these healthy mocktail recipes the DIY Health team shared in a previous post. Watching your calories? Try an unsweetened flavored sparkling water with added fruit!
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