Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Pre-Holiday Health Habits

December is almost here.  I'm not sure how that happened, but it is.  And I must say, colds, bugs and viruses are rampant in the, Quinte area right now (as with this time of year most years I guess). 

As if life itself isn't speeding by on a daily basis, the holiday season always makes things speed up, more stressful and SO busy;  while at the same time it brings a lot of fun and joy. 

Let's quickly revisit a few health practices we can keep in mind as December builds up towards the best time of the year:  

Stay Active

Just move.  Go for a nice walk.  Do some yoga.  Lift some weights.  Just be active.  Don't sacrifice your own routines at this time of year.  If you're on a time crunch, get a good intense 10-12min of some interval work in.  You won't regret the benefits ever, let alone this time of year. 

Take some "Slo-Mo" Time

The month is only going to get busier with things to do, parties to enjoy, family/friends to visit and spend time with.  It's all good!  But take some time DAILY for yourself to SLOW DOWN.  I know lots of people who just aren't good at this, and the added stress of the season will not help keep you healthy.  Reading, meditation, play an instrument, drawing/painting/colouring, writing etc... Do something that will help ease the mind and body.  Just 10min is fine, but if you have more time, take advantage of it.  (And try to keep your "Slo-Mo" time technology free if you can!)

Don't be in a Rush

Your attitude and mindset will be your daily victory, or daily demise.  We all know how crazy this time of year gets;  shopping in stores, traffic on the roads, getting from point A to point B.  It's nuts! 
Approach your day as calm as you can. Give yourself lots of time.  Take some deep breaths.  Relax your body.

Indulge a bit and Eat Healthy

Don't add to your stress by fretting about your nutrition this time of year.  I'm not saying go flying off the path you're on.  Indulge in some holiday goodies by all means. But do it sensibly.  Don't go wild on them.  Just enjoy a bit, and be human.  When the moment allows, always reach for fruits, vegetables and water first above all else! Make sure they get into your tummy on a daily basis no matter what!! If you're at a holiday event and there is a huge spread of food, make sure some of the good stuff (fruits and veggies) make their way on your plate.  This will help keep the body strong, nourished and ward off any colds/flu during this busy time of year. (And of course, homemade foods/goodies are always a better option any time of year - and they can be made in healthier ways too don't forget!)

Wash your Hands

Seems straight forward but I had to say it.  With the hustle and bustle of the season, colds/viruses are rampant.  We touch things in stores etc that hundreds or thousands of people have touched too.  We shake hands more often than most times of the year. We hug. We kiss.  Make sure you wash your hands often to keep yourself feeling good and reduce the risk of catching a bug. 

It's ok to Adjust your Routine

There is no such thing as perfect.  There IS such thing as human though!  Don't stress about your workout routine either.  Absolutely stay active, and do your best to keep the habit going for sure.  BUT - if you are feeling run down a bit from the busy days of the season, tone your workout down a bit for a day or two.  If you have to decrease the length of workout a bit, that's ok - the fact that you're doing it still (even though it's shorter) will keep the habit alive.  Doing lighter workouts when the body tells you to, or decreasing the volume WILL NOT sabotage your body, mind or goals.  If anything, it will help you!!