We talked last time about eating healthy during the holidays. While eating healthy is important, it is not the only factor in health. This time we will discuss healthy habits, including ways to stay active and ways to enjoy the holiday season without the crowds and germs.
Staying active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and especially important during winter months when all we want to do is cuddle by the fire. Finding ways to get your blood pumping can be difficult especially when gyms are closed (thanks COVID!).
Luckily, there are TONS of great at-home workout programs. Whether it’s an app or a YouTube video there are exercise options for every ability. Check out Yoga for Beginner or at-home strength videos to get you started. Doing as little as 30 minutes of exercise can be enough, as long as you are moving. If you find the videos too hard, try modifying the workout. Use a chair if you need to take a break and then start again. Don’t push yourself too hard, things will get easier with time as your ability improves.
If you have a dog, get the whole family on a walk. A quick walk can help get your blood pumping and can actually improve your mood! When we are stuck inside during quarantine, some fresh air can make you feel like a whole new person.
Put Down the Serving Spoon
Yes, the holidays are usually centered around food. But eating everything in sight is a good way to find yourself looking for a larger pair of pants. Finding ways to sped time with family without food can make the holidays enjoyable, without busting your gut.
Try family game nights. There are tons of holiday games you can play and even make at home with a few DIY skills. This keeps things festive without having to pull out the turkey and dressing. Lots of traditional board games have online versions you can play with family and friends. This is a great way to connect with people you can’t see this holiday season due to the pandemic. This article by Parents Magazine has links to games you can play virtually with your loved ones.
Want to have a festive outing? Grab the fam and head out to see the neighborhood Christmas lights. Here is a great resource for drive-thru Christmas displays, many of them free! Sure, this holiday season may not be like the ones of yester-year, but there are still plenty of ways to make great family memories and staying safe.