How to Give Yourself a Break This Holiday Season

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Holidays can be trying times. With family gatherings, holiday fetes and cocktail parties galore, it’s easy to find yourself stressed out about maintaining your workout routine or diet regimen. Fret not! The holidays are about being with loved ones, and are meant to be the happiest time of the year! By following these little tips, you may find that you can still keep yourself in check, while enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!

Stay Focused

Remind yourself that you wouldn’t want to start your workout routine or diet all over again on the first of the year, so without putting extra pressure on yourself, focus on maintaining some level of a similar version of nutrition and exercise as you routinely have in the past. Do what you can; if you normally work out everyday, find even two days to do some form of exercise. Every little bit helps, even a walk before or after dinner can go a long way to helping keep those calories off. 


This is truly the key when it comes to indulging in the holidays. You will most likely be confronted with all manner of tasty treats and morsels, but it’s up to you to decide to taste just a few, instead of gorging on the whole lot. You don’t necessarily have to give up everything delicious that you love, eating smaller portions can be just as satisfying and will help keep your regular diet in check. If you really want that extra helping of mom’s mashed potatoes, go ahead, just drink less wine, or have less dessert to make up for it!


If you are cooking a dish for a holiday celebration, then you can be in charge of what goes in it! Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream, olive oil for butter, and drink wine spritzers instead of heavy sugary cocktails.  Speaking of substitution, you may be stressed out that your gym or class may close or shut down for the holidays. No need to panic! Take the time to do fun outdoor activities with friends and loved ones instead. Head out to the slopes or go ice-skating. Dance to your favorite holiday tunes. There are plenty of ways to stay active without necessarily having to be in a gym.


The holidays are meant to be a relaxing time, so try not to stress too hard. Keep in mind that stress heightens your cortisol levels, which can increase weight gain, so relax and be merry! 


Always consult with your primary care physician or chiropractor for all your health related advice. 

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