Holiday Health Hacks

From overeating at social events to underperforming at the gym, the holidays can do a number on your health if you’re not prepared. Taking the time to plan some strategies can go a long way in keeping things track. Below are just a few ways you can maintain a healthier lifestyle this season.
1. Set goals
Writing down your intentions beforehand can help you stay strong in the face of holiday temptations. Whether that involves limiting alcohol intake at social events or upping the number of spin classes you do each week, setting specific, attainable goals in advance will help you make better decisions throughout the season.
2. Schedule AM gym sessions
Getting your sweat on first thing in the morning can do wonders for your workout routine. Not only will you be less likely to skip your workout in favour of last-minute social commitments but starting your day off with exercise can help you be more focused and productive at work.
3. Drink more water
Upping your water consumption can be a real game-changer when it comes to your daily routine. It’s great for maintaining energy levels and can also help you feel fuller before meals, so you’ll be less likely to overeat. Try to bring a reusable water bottle with you whenever you leave the house – it’ll make it easier to stay hydrated throughout the day.
4. Fill up on nutritious food first
While it’s always tempting to dive straight into the goodies, choosing to start off with a few healthier snack options can help prevent overeating at social events. Try filling your plate with fruits and veggies to start. A small amount of grains and protein is OK too. If you finish your food and are still hungry, enjoy a small portion of your favourite holiday treat, guilt-free.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Last, but certainly not least – don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge or fall off track this time of year. Slip-ups will happen from time to time. The key is not to let them discourage you from trying your best. Just remind yourself of your health goals and start fresh again the following day.