4 Ways To Keep Your Family Healthy During The Holidays
It can be a little difficult to keep your family healthy during the holidays. There are so many temptations around and it’s the time of year when you should be able to indulge.
Treats of the holidays should be enjoyed, but if you want to remain healthy it’s important to take the following 4 steps.
Depending on where you live it might be cold and snowy during the holidays, but it’s not excuse for being sedentary. You can bundle up and walk the neighborhood looking at Christmas lights. Building snowmen and igloos is also a good workout. Just walking in the snow is a work out in and of itself. If you don’t have to deal with freezing cold temperatures during the holidays, it’s much easier to remain active by going to the park, spending time in the yard, and going for daily walks. Don’t use the time of year or the weather to spend weeks parked in front of the TV or computer.
Moderate intake of sweets
The holidays are filled with sugary, rich treats. You don’t want to ban them altogether, but you do want to avoid allowing too many. It’s a good idea to let children have their treat mid-day so that they have time to burn off all the energy they will surely get. Having their treat at night may make it more difficult for them (and you) to sleep.
Get adequate sleep
With kids out of school for the holidays it might not seem like a bad idea to let them stay up late. It’s nice for kids to stay up late on these special nights. Making it an every night thing though will make it more difficult to get them back into their regular sleeping pattern. Your days will also become busier with all you have to do to get ready for the big day. You will also need a good night’s sleep to function well without relying on coffee or energy drinks. Lack of sleep makes people tired and cranky.
Keep healthy foods on hand
It’s important to make sure you have nutritious meals and snacks around. Indulging now and then is fine, but most of your eating should be healthful. Don’t make a habit of grabbing fast food when you’re out and about because you’re busy. Take snacks with you that you can munch on while you shop. Popcorn, fruit, nuts and seeds, and granola bars are all good choices. Staying healthy during the holidays doesn’t have to be a struggle. By keeping your normal healthy habits implemented and adding in the fun treats of the holidays, you can keep your family in tiptop shape during the holiday season.