5 tips to stay healthy this holiday season



The holiday season is the worst time of year when you’re trying to lose weight or get back into shape. With Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities come rich foods, sugary treats, mulled wine, and various snacks that you wouldn’t normally consume so much of during the rest of the year. And, as your family doctor will tell you, it can be terrible for your health.

Try as you might, it can be virtually impossible to resist holiday treats; but that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to stay healthy this winter.

Let’s take a look at 5 simple tricks you can use to stay as healthy as possible.

Exercise Even More

The entire holiday season sees people consuming more calories virtually every day, with the main culprit being Christmas day. According to one study, the average person eats up to 5,241 calories during Christmas dinner, when alcohol consumption and snacks are added. This is virtually the same for Thanksgiving dinner too.

Even if you cut down a little on the day, and you try and limit your holiday treats throughout November and December, you’re still likely to consume more calories than you did during the summer.

The simplest way to counter this is to exercise more. Whether you go out for some brisk walks in the cold winter air, or you spend more time at the gym, it all adds up and helps you burn calories and make room for an extra slice of pumpkin pie. 

Weigh Yourself More Often

Research from the Universities of Birmingham and Loughborough have shown that weighing yourself more often over the festive period can actually help you prevent weight gain. By monitoring the daily fluctuations in your weight, it’s easier to take steps to reduce excessive gains.

This is a simple trick that can assist you, psychologically, in refraining from indulging too much. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy holiday treats, but it does mean that you’re likely to stop eating once you feel full.

Keep Warm

Your grandma wasn’t wrong when she told you that you shouldn’t forget your hat and gloves on a cold day! Keeping warm during the holidays is one of the best ways to ensure your immune system is running at its best.

It’s during the winter season that you are more susceptible to picking up a virus, and for that virus to cause a cold or even the flu. Your immune system doesn’t work as well as normal when you’re cold, meaning you’re vulnerable every time you go outside without proper winter clothes.

Keep warm this holiday season and you’ll have a better chance of staying sickness-free, and you’ll have no reason to stay at home and avoid the gym.

See Your Family Doctor for Advice

Finally, don’t hesitate to consult your family doctor for advice. Your doctor is the best source of information if you have any questions, or if you feel a check-up is necessary.

With years of medical training behind them, your doctor can help you stay fit and healthy this holiday season and learn new ways to stay healthy that you can incorporate into your lifestyle throughout the rest of your life.

And there you have it – 5 tips to stay happy and healthy this Holiday season so you can be fit and ready for all that 2020 has in store for you!

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.