1. Stay active even when temperatures dip. It can be tempting to put your activity and exercise habits into hibernation when the colder weather comes around—not to mention that during holiday time schedules are usually a little busier with family activities leaving us feeling deprived of available time to exercise. Rather than skipping physical activity all together, think about ways to work around weather barriers or involve the family to build new active holiday traditions.
2. Watch portions or put a healthy twist on those favorite holiday foods. One of the best parts of the holidays is the traditions. For many of us, our favorite memories are often tied to a special dish or dessert that is passed down through the family. To keep weight and health in check, try ingredient swaps to make the recipe a bit healthier. Alternatively, use this portion guide when grabbing your favorite item at dinners or parties!
3. Stop to pause and practice gratitude. While holiday time can be fun, it can also be stressful. Wellness also includes taking care of your mental and emotional well-being as well as your physical health. Take some time to slow down, breathe, and practice being thankful or grateful. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can help lower stress and boost happiness. Try writing down three things you are grateful for each day or put them on note cards in a jar for the family to pull out and share later. You can also go screen free for a day and connect deeper with those who are important to you.
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