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  • Jo Everill-Taylor

'Tis the Season to Stay Healthy: Maintaining Habits & Exercise During the Festive Season

As the festive season approaches, the air fills with excitement, joy, and an abundance of tempting treats. EEK!!

It's a time when maintaining healthy habits and regular exercise routines can often become challenging amidst the whirlwind of celebrations, gatherings, and indulgent feasts.

However, with a bit of mindfulness and planning, it's entirely possible to navigate this period while staying committed to your health and fitness goals.

Embrace a Balanced Approach

The key to maintaining healthy habits during the festive season is balance. It's essential to enjoy the celebrations while being mindful of your choices.

Here's how to strike that balance effectively:

### 1. Plan Ahead

Prepare for festive gatherings by incorporating healthier options into meals. Offer to bring a nutritious dish to family dinners. By contributing something healthy, you ensure there's at least one option aligned with your goals.

### 2. Mindful Indulgence

It's okay to enjoy festive treats! Moderation is the key. Allow yourself to savor those special holiday foods, but do so mindfully. Enjoy small portions and savor every bite.

### 3. Stay Active

Amidst the festivities, it's easy to let exercise take a backseat. However, maintaining physical activity is crucial. Schedule workouts into your calendar, even if they're shorter than usual. Consider organising walks with friends or family. Go onto oue Video Vault and do one of the Express Workouts.

### 4. Prioritize Self-Care

The holiday season can be overwhelming. There is always so much to organise and a very definite deadline!! So aim to prioritize self-care to manage stress. Practice relaxation techniques, get enough sleep, and allocate time for activities that rejuvenate you.

Tips for Staying Active During the Festive Season

- Outdoor Activities: Embrace the winter weather by engaging in outdoor activities like sledging, or taking brisk walks to admire Christmas decorations.

- Home Workouts: If weather or time constraints limit outdoor activities, opt for home workouts. There is so much choice online, and it's a great time to make use of all your memberships.

- Incorporate Movement: Take advantage of every opportunity to move. Park farther away, take the stairs, or dance while preparing meals. Every bit of movement counts!

Building Healthy Traditions

Make staying healthy during the festive season a tradition itself:

- Family Activities: Plan activities that involve the whole family, such as a post-dinner walk or a friendly game of touch football. It not only promotes bonding but also keeps everyone active.

- Healthy Recipe Exchange: Share healthy recipes with friends and family. Create a cookbook filled with nutritious yet delicious dishes to inspire each other.

The Power of Mindset

Remember, the festive season is about celebration and joy. Adopt a positive mindset. If you indulge more than planned or miss a workout, don't dwell on it.

Focus on the overall journey towards health and well-being rather than isolated incidents.

Maintaining healthy habits and exercise during the festive season is about finding a balance between enjoyment and wellness.

Embrace the festivities while making conscious choices to support your health.

By prioritizing moderation, staying active, and nurturing a positive mindset, you can revel in the joy of the season without compromising your well-being.

Here's to a happy, healthy, and festive season ahead!

Have fun!

Jo xx

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