Friday, November 7, 2014

5 Ways to Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

Happy Friday! I'm still digging myself out from under piles of laundry and emails, and I'm definitely looking forward to my first weekend back in Santa Barbara in almost a month.

It also turned into fall while I was away, which means it gets dark at 5:00 but also means that the holidays are right around the corner. I LOVE pretty much all holidays/excuses to eat ridiculous amounts of food, but this can be a difficult time to try to stay healthy. So I'm joining this week's holiday health-themed Friday Five Linkup with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up for What?! with my two cents on how to have a healthy AND happy holiday season.



1. Make it fun

Whether it's dressing up as an elf, reindeer or grinch for a fun run or enjoying fall foliage during a walk with your family, there's tons of ways to keep moving while enjoying the holidays. And if you enjoy it, you're more likely to stick with it. 



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2. Eat a little healthier most of the time

If you're like me, there's no way you're going to skip out on all the delicious treats during the big holiday meals. So try to eat a little healthier during all the "normal" non-special meals.


3. Treat yoself  

As you probably know by now, I'm a big fan of being able to eat anything in moderation. Plus, "banning" foods actually makes you more likely to go overboard. So, like I said last year, just eat the darn pie!


4. Fit in fitness when you can

You're probably super busy, so sometimes sticking to the normal workout schedule just isn't possible. But you can almost always fit in a quick 15-30 minute workout video (some of my fav cardio and strength training routines) at home. 

5. Take time to relax

Finally, the holidays can be super stressful so taking time to relax is also super important for staying healthy. Whether it's doing yoga, meditating, or closing the bedroom door, hiding under the covers and pretending not to be home for 15 minutes, a little down time can go a long way.

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Q: How do you stay healthy during the holidays?

24 comments:

  1. I definitely agree with these! I try to make fitness a social thing in Winter so it will get me out there in the cold! And it's especially important to take the time to relax and actually enjoy the time with friends and family instead of being stressed the whole time :)

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    1. Yea it's definitely hard to get out in that cold. Don't miss that :)

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  2. hahaha! I'm stealing that stress one. That is me hands down! lol... I agree with all of these and if you eat healthier most of the time you aren't going to beat your self up about that darn pie! :)

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    1. Lol yes I look like that mouse ask the time! :)

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  3. Your holiday workout is too funny. I would love to do only that and not have it effect me in any way...haha. -L

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  4. I agree...make it fun! I do enjoy holiday themed runs. You're in Santa Barbara! I'm on my way up from OC to your neck of the woods right now for "your" Veteran's Day Marathon (half)!

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    1. Oh man so exciting! Hope you had a great race!!

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  5. For me scheduling fitness is the key to staying on track!

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  6. Hahha I love the stressed pic!! Good tip to remind yourself to relax - the holidays can get crazy!

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    1. Thanks Jenny! Yea they sure can make your hair stand on end!

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  7. I try to amp up my veggie intake and change up my workouts!

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  8. All good tips, and great graphics too :) I'm like you - banning something just makes me want it more. I try and eat everything in moderation!

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    1. Thanks Michele! Yea if anything is off limits it just screams "eat me" to me lol :)

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  9. I love that picture of the corkscrew! My sister sent that to me last year and it definitely made me laugh!
    Great tips!

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    1. Haha thanks! Yes I wish opening wine was a better workout :)

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  10. I know I tend to stress out during the holidays so I am going to give meditating a go this year! And yes to the holiday fun runs! I know we will do at least one this year :)

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    1. Yea I am so bad at meditating but it's so good for you! Great that you are doing fun runs!

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  11. i had the same exact thing for my third tip! treat yoself. :)

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  12. Hahah, best holiday workout ever!

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    1. Haha yes! If only it were more effective lol

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