Living a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge during the holidays. Work parties, family gatherings, inclement weather and yuletide goodies all seem to be conspiring against you to sabotage your efforts this time of year. However, you can rise above the temptation this year with these 10 timely holiday tips:
1) Avoid Social Pressure
Sometimes the people you surround yourself with can become unhelpful the moment you decide to change your habits. Assert your right to be healthy with a simple “No thank you, I’m not hungry,” and help others understand how their actions influence you.
2) Be a Healthy Host
Hosting a holiday celebration poses unique challenges Grazing and snacking calories add up quickly and often go unnoticed. Establish a mindful strategy to prevent losing control.
3) Beat the Cold Weather Blues
Don’t let cold weather kill your fitness and activity vibes. Be prepared and start scoping out gyms and fitness studios that are close to where you live or find an at-home routine that will accommodate outdoor conditions.
4) Happy Hour
Alcohol seems to be everywhere during the holiday season. Most alcoholic drinks contain sugars that can contribute to weight gain if not taken in moderation. Luckily, Profile has several healthy "mocktail" recipes at the ready on this site. Relax, unwind and enjoy a delicious Profile friendly “mocktail”. Cheers!
Despite the fact that traveling puts you out of your normal routine, you are capable of staying healthy while you travel. Pack healthy snacks like fresh vegetables, nuts or Profile foods. Get a breath of fresh air and go on a 10 minute walk at a rest stop or through the airport.
6) Stress Management
Holidays are accompanied by a number of stressors. Get enlightened this holiday season with mindful meditation. Progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and yoga are great options to refocus your mind, body and spirit.
7) Coaching Counts
We get it - holidays are hectic. Booking appointments with a certified Profile Coach can help you proactively plan for the holiday season and hold you accountable.
8) Have a Plan
Having a plan is always a good idea in terms of staying on track. You know you are going out to eat with loved ones when your flight lands, research the menu ahead of time to select the best option.
9) Small Things Add Up
This rule applies to both positive and not-so-positive behaviors. Consider tracking your food intake with a food journal as one way to identify just how often you are celebrating with food. By the same token, a 10 minute walk is better than no walk at all.
10) Start Today
“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.” – Arnold Bennett
Need help navigating the holidays? Contact your nearest Profile location to set up a free one-on-one consultation with a certified Profile Coach.