4 Tips to Get You Through the Holidays

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It’s that time of year when we are consuming ridiculous amounts of sweets, treats, and carbs, oh my! It’s also when we start thinking about that New Year’s resolution we have EVERY year – to eat healthier and get back in shape.  Don’t deny it, you know that’s what you were thinking – it’s your internal excuse as to why you can have that extra slice of pie or drink just one more cocktail.  It’s OK, I am just as guilty as you are.

Let’s start thinking about some simple things we can start right now, as we muddle through the holidays and into the new year!

First and foremost, recognize the importance of rest and sleep.  Doing two-a-day workouts right now is probably not what your body needs to counteract the stress of the holidays.  Your body needs rest days from workouts just as much as it needs the workout. Don’t try to cram in an extra workout to counteract any extra calories you consumed at that holiday party, give your body a break.  Also aim for at least 8 hours of sleep a night.  Be consistent and go to bed around the same time every evening, even when your evening is jam packed with holiday shenanigans.  Keep the TV out of the bedroom and find calming activities to add to your bedtime routine, such as stretching, meditation, or reading.  If you have BOD, there are amazing 5-10 minute stretch routines in your library called Controlled Stretch under Mobility & Recovery.  (If you don’t have BOD, ask me how to get it!)

As always, drink your water! Treat yourself to a fun water bottle and keep it with you at all times.  I like to start my day with a few ounces of water as soon as I wake up in the morning.  Take your water bottle to bed and before your feet even hit the floor, sit up and sip on some water to get your system going right away.  Drinking water first thing can help boost metabolism, lubricate joints, get a jumpstart on flushing out toxins and getting the colon moving, among other things.  One of the most common reasons we develop headaches throughout our busy days is dehydration.  You should drink half of your body weight in ounces throughout each day.  If you are feeling extra depleted, stop by the Studio for your favorite vitamin cocktail(but you still have to drink your water 😊).

Whether you are hosting a holiday dinner or going toGrandma’s for the big feast, there are a few little tricks you can implement tohelp you stay on track.  If you are hosting, keep it simple.  Avoid canned soups, whole milk, and loads of butter in your side dishes.  BOD has some great, healthy holiday dishes.  Serve cocktails with sparkling water instead of sugary sodas.  If yo uare going to Grandma’s, be sure you have been drinking your water for the day and drink water during the meal.  Take a walk or play an active game after dinner to help burn some of the extra calories you may have consumed.  Stick to one dessert item instead of one of each.

Last, but not least, if you do get off track or go a little overboard, don’t beat yourself up and don’t use it as an excuse to continue straying away from healthy habits.  Jump right back in where you left off and/or join us at Studio IV for a fun new year of health and fitness!

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Happy Holidays!

Melissa Garton, BSN, RN

Owner

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