When we think about the holidays, a few things come to mind: Friends, family, and of course, FOOD.  While the holidays are certainly for relaxing, indulging and enjoying our time, we should be aware that attending all of those holiday parties may compromise the healthy bodies we’ve worked very hard to improve!So what should we do?

Consider the tips below in order to enjoy the holidays and stay healthy at the same time.

Maintain your level of activity

When Christmas starts to approach, some people may begin to lose focus on their workouts.  Always remember that working out has many benefits for your physical, mental and emotional health.  Exercising releases endorphins that makes us happy and help us to be calm and relaxed.

If you’re unable to go to the gym, try some exercises that involve socialization.  One example is inviting your friends to go hiking, or taking a 30-minute brisk walk. Try to complete your exercises in the early morning, so that you can still attend holiday events without missing a beat.

Sleep well

The holidays may involve late-night parties, but try to remember that becoming sleep-deprived may cause you to make bad food choices and miss workouts.  We suggest setting an alarm for a decent hour to remind you to leave a party, and setting one for an acceptable time in the morning; sleeping in can be just as harmful if this isn’t a part of your regular schedule.

Get creative in the kitchen

Try to find substitutions for unhealthy recipes by getting into the kitchen and making them yourself with ingredients you trust. For example, instead of buying a banana cake from the store, try to bake your own version of banana bread at home.

If you know there won’t be a lot of healthy options at a party or event you’re attending, put together a few recipes of your own to take along and feel good about.

Drink lots of water

Always remember to hydrate yourself.  Drink a full glass before meals to help your digestion, and try to choose water over sweet or alcoholic beverages.  Always carry bottled water with you anywhere you go as a reminder to keep hydrating.

These are just some of the tips that will help you stay fit and healthy during the holidays. The holiday season is truly meant for spending quality time with family and friends, but remember that your health is also important and should remain a priority to keep you on track.