Happy and Healthy Holidays: How to Have a Great Holiday and Stay Fit at the Same Time!

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – The holiday season has arrived! I know I love the parties, family, and friends that make this one of the most fun times of the year.  That said, sometimes it’s hard enough to eat right and exercise under normal circumstances.  When you add holidays to the mix, many of us find exercise and a healthy diet going out the window. Let’s face it, very few of us keep up with our diet and exercise regimens perfectly while traveling and staying with family. At the same time, staying active and trying to maintain a healthier diet will give you energy, help reduce stress, and of course, help burn off some of the extra calories you may be eating.

How do I recommend you find that balance? Here are some simple things you can do/keep in mind to stay on track during this time of year.

Be the awesome guest!

Create new, fun and active traditions
Everyone’s family does things a little different on the holidays.  These differences can be stressful, or conversely, serve as an opportunity to create new ways to have fun together.

Sneak in your healthy habits when no one is looking! 
Not everyone is an exerciser, and some people do not react well to you wanting to get your workout done.  Here are some things you can do to avoid rocking the boat while sticking to your plan.

Moderation and reframing expectations! 
As fun as the holidays are, they can be stressful.  Families grow in different directions and as much as you love them, you may not all be on the same page.  Here are some suggestions to help manage stress.

Finally, the best gift you can give yourself and your family is the gift of your company. 
You will probably not eat or exercise how you normally do but this is not the end of the world!  Try to be active but do not be blind to the opportunities you have to see and enjoy your loved ones.  Even the Kenyans take down time so when they start gearing up for their next big race they are refreshed.  In parting, I would like to wish you all a great, joyous holiday season!

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