Top Ten Holiday Health Tips

12 December


1. Keep Up Routine. Even if time is even harder to come by during the holidays, try to shoot for at least 15 minutes of purposeful exercise a day.  To maximize your efforts, turn it up a notch and do high-intensity intervals which can be more beneficial than spending longer periods of time doing any kind of steady state exercise.  For a sample workout, check out this one from our Sprint DVD…

2. Stay Hydrated.  Try to drink at least 1/2 of your bodyweight in ounces water.  For an additional boost, make sure you include electrolytes found in a Smart Water, Eco Drink, etc. or make your own by adding a pinch of pink Himalayan salt to your water.

3. Fuel up on Healthy Fats, Proteins, and Veggies first.  Always start your day off with a hearty hot tea/coffee filled with beneficial fats such as coconut oil and ghee or an egg and veggie scramble to jump start your metabolism and give you energy.  Also, look for protein/veggie options first at parties/gatherings and then apply the two-bite rule to non-recommended snacks and treats:)

4. Stay Social. The more you engage in fellowship over the holidays, the less focused you will be in indulging in those sugars and starches.

5. Show Up Satisfied.  Whether you’re headed to the grocery store or an event, eat a healthy meal beforehand.

6. Plan Ahead. Keep your healthy back ups such as almonds, macadamia nuts, tuna, apples, oranges, stashed in the console of your car or in your bag for emergencies.

7. Remember Food’s Intention. Food is first and foremost your nourishment.  Once you internalize this reality and truly start eating to live, it will be far easier to stave off temptations that will trigger a downward spiral of making poor choices.

8. Get Your ZZZ.  Routinely getting 7-9 hours of sleep will get your hormones in balance which will keep you at your best ….and can have a beneficial side effect of fat loss.

9. Keep Moving. Aside from your exercise regimen try to not sit for longer than 2-3 hours at a time.  Studies show that sitting for prolonged periods of time can increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease even if you exercise regularly.

10. Prioritize Your Quiet Time. Whether it’s the first 5 minutes of your day spent in silence, meditation, or reading your bible, this time is important to spend focusing on what’s is truly important in your life before the day’s events begin.  Consider it your reset button to begin a new day of hope.

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