The holiday season is arguably the hardest one to keep your health on track. There are so many more commitments, it’s only natural that workout and sleep routines would suffer. And they’re usually packed with fun extracurriculars like eating all of the junk food and drinking all of the cocktails. If happiness is found in the balance, you can’t hate yourself for indulging…but you can make sure you create a plan to help keep you focused as much as possible.
There are tons of ways to keep yourself on track from making lists to being picky with indulgences and exercising the word “no,” but here are my top five ways to ensure you don’t fall completely off the wagon and have to start from scratch in the new year.
My Healthy Holiday Action Plan Goals:
1. TRY A WINTER-FRIENDLY WORKOUT: Why not beat the winter exercise slump with a new workout tailored to the colder temperatures? If you’re someone who typically gets active outside, try an indoor activity like aqua aerobics, indoor rock climbing or an indoor group exercise class. Maybe even challenge yourself to find one new workout a month.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if a cold temporarily puts a wrench in your workout goals. Just make sure you get back on track once you’re rested and recuperated. If lingering nasal congestion is an obstacle, try a nasal saline-spray to clear your sinuses. hydraSense Daily Nasal Care products are100% naturally-sourced seawater that is clinically proven to reduce and relieve your nasal cold symptoms. hydraSense Daily Nasal Care products can be used alongside your other oral cough and cold medications.
2. RELY ON WORKOUT FRIENDS: It’s harder to miss out on a workout when you have someone or two to hold you accountable. Plus scheduling workout with besties can even count as a holiday get together — especially if you do something after.
3. FOCUS ON FRUIT: Ok, this one should be on everyone’s list this winter! Farmers’ markets and apple picking orchards may be closed, but that’s no excuse to cut back on those vitamin-packed fruits. Every season offers a unique diet of fruits, maybe do some research and find out what’s in season to entice you to eat healthy.
Frozen fruits are also an easy-option if you struggle to keep fresh in the house, but make sure to check for added sugars. While it’s easy to track your own fruit intake, it can be harder with kids. Not sure if your little ones are finishing their apples and getting their vitamins? Try supplementing with FLINTSTONES multivitamins. You’ll love that they’re the #1 brand choice of paediatricians. They’ll love that they come in delicious gummies!
4. DRINK MORE WATER: You know water is important, but it can be harder to remember in the winter when you’re not feeling hot and sweaty. There are many great apps out there these days to help you log your water intake. If you’re looking for something with a fun twist, try Plant Nanny. When you drink water, you help an adorable plant friend grow!
Don’t let this one drop when you’re not feeling well. Getting enough liquids is especially important when you’re sick. Try adding a vitamin-C tablet to your water. Redoxon Tablets give you ten oranges worth of Vitamin C*, which should motivate anyone to drink up!
* Redoxon is not meant to replace food.
5. SCHEDULE YOUR SLEEP: Bedtimes aren’t just for kids. The best way to get your sleep back on schedule is to pick a consistent time to hit the pillow. Write it down so you can track how often you’re making it to bed on-time. If you’re consistently going to bed too late, think critically about what’s making you miss the mark.
One of the major bedtime derailers is your cellphone, so limit screen time one hour before sleep.
How will you challenge yourself and your family to take on healthy goals this winter?
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