Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Staying Healthy through the Holidays!

We all know the fun holiday's bring us but we also know that it can cause stress to your mind and body. I know that I am always on the run going from house to house trying to see family and friends to enjoy the company of others. However this starts to take a toll. If you want to stay healthy you need to take care of your mind and body throughout the holiday's!!! 
 Nothing is worse than getting sick in the middle of winter around the holidays!!! To stay healthy you need to amp up your immune system and take care of your body and mind !!! I have a few things that can be SUPER helpful to keep you right on track !!
First off, get enough sleep. Yes we all choose to compromise our sleep for other things but in the end you will find that your sleep is critical for staying healthy, repairing your body and recharging your mind.
It's the holidays.... YES go and enjoy BUT - Don't make it a Holiday MONTH !!!!! Many people fall off the wagon of fitness and right onto the segway to extra pounds then in January they want the express route to bikini land! It's very common to just have the "I deserve it" mentality but you still need to have some control and keep your goals in check!
Have a game plan before arriving to a party. First you should eat a balanced meal or snack and don't starve yourself. This will keep you from attacking the food table and eating anything in sight. t. Look for vegetable platters with hummus or salsa, salads without creamy dressings and lean proteins like chicken skewers and shrimp cocktails are great to add to your plate. For dessert, try fruit and if you need a cocktail go for a wine spritzer with ice and seltzer, or sip vodka with seltzer and lime. It’s fine to put a small portion of a treat or two on your place, just make sure it’s surrounded by healthy foods.
The gym= germs !! Yes it's true, it's gross and it's somewhat avoidable. Keep antibacterial wipes or hand sanitizing gel in your gym bag for a backup. Keep your hands away from your face, eyes and mouth. Wash your hands as much as possible, especially before you leave the gym. If you wear weight-training gloves make sure to toss them in the washer every couple of days. If you should happen to cut yourself while training make sure to wash your hands first and then treat the wound effectively. Staph infections are not uncommon in the gym.
Stick to your regular gym habits and don't do marathon workouts to make up for the holidays ! While it’s important to stick with your workouts throughout the holiday season, overtraining will exhaust your body, possibly risk injury, and weaken your immune system.
If you go to work when it’s dark in the morning, work out in the gym, and return home in the evening when it’s dark, the lack of sunlight during November and December can lead to a vitamin D deficiency and possibly spiral into seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression symptoms as well. You may want to supplement with vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol). Include foods higher in vitamin D3, such as, oranges, egg yolks, fatty fish and low fat cheese to name a few.
Lastly, the holiday's are about having fun, being with friend, family and enjoying time together. Don't become so over involved that you start to stress out.The most important remedy of all during the holidays is smile and laugh. Laughter releases endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. Don’t take yourself too seriously. When you’re starting to feel stressed or anxious, stop what you’re doing and take a few deep breaths. Just five minutes of meditation has been show to reduce stress and calm nerves.

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