5 Ways To Stay Healthy During The Holidays

Camryn Jacobs, Lifestyle Editor

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5 Ways To Stay Healthy During The Holiday Season 

During the holidays it can be quite difficult to stay healthy. Pumpkin Spice lattes, Christmas cookies, and Thanksgiving side dishes are all great. However, if you think about it, is it really worth feeling bad about yourself? If you’re tired of gaining weight during the holiday season, here are some helpful tips. 

 

 

  • Only Drink Water.

 

You may not realize it but carbonated drinks are one of the main causes of weight gain. Also, sweet teas and juices have so much sugar that drinking these too often will cause rapid weight gain as well. So, during your holiday gatherings be sure to avoid those sugary beverages and fizzy sodas. Drinking water will also keep you hydrated and less thirsty so you won’t crave juices or carbonated drinks as much. 

 

  • Plan An Exercise Routine.

 

I know this doesn’t sound like fun at all, but it can be helpful. Make yourself get into a routine of working out everyday. Wake up early and go for a run or get up and go to the gym. I promise if you plan a routine and stick to it, you’ll feel so much better, not just about your body but your mind as well. Exercise helps reduce stress and everyone knows the holidays can be a bit stressful. So get out and do yourself a favor, exercise

 

 

  • Eat Dark Chocolate.

 

Everyone gets a sweet tooth now and then. Especially during the holidays, it can be hard to avoid those sweet desserts. However, dark chocolate is actually really good for you and can help curb those cravings. I recommend getting dark chocolate chips. You can put them in the freezer and when your feeling a sugar craving take them out and enjoy. 

 

  • Do Things Outdoors. 

 

For a lot of people, holidays are mostly about eating. People’s mouths water months in advance for their favorite foods. Try and shift your mind away from that. Go outside and take walks, go to the park, or get the family together and play kickball or wiffleball. There’s so many things you can do outside so you’re not cooped up in the house all day, smelling that delicious food. Staying inside will just make the temptations worse. 

 

 

  • Enjoy Yourself. 

 

The holidays are supposed to be a fun time with family. But if you’re eating everything and then feeling bad about yourself after, you’re definitely not going to be enjoying yourself. Focus on being with your family and enjoying the moment. Take some time for yourself. In the afternoon take a hot bath or wake up early in the morning and sit outside. Just make sure whatever you do it makes you happy and helps relieve some of the stress of the holidays. 

 

The holidays can definitely be a bitter-sweet time. You’re  excited about all the food, but at the same time you don’t want to feel guilty about eating all the food. So if you have this problem try out some of these tips and be healthy during this holiday season.