Staying Healthy for the Holidays

Staying Healthy for the Holidays

Connor Clark

Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching and this time of the year can add a lot of stress on top of the concept of “Holiday Cheer.” On one side of things there is the physical health stress after a big thanksgiving meal, and on the other, some mental health issues that come with the busyness and money being spent, etc.

As far as Thanksgiving is concerned, physical health is always a hot topic after the fact. Healthy foods can be scarce around this holiday with all of the casseroles, pies, and pastries. One way to ensure a healthier meal is to bake a turkey and use whole foods for side dishes. Though who can honestly say they are going to eat clean on Thanksgiving? Most would say no.

Finding a place to exercise whenever possible will help meet your physical health needs and reduce stress that is typical during the holiday season.

Keeping fit throughout the holidays is not so difficult as people think. Waking up and walking before eating has been shown to effectively decrease body fat percentage exponentially when added to HITT, or High Intensity Interval Training. HITT training is a 10-15 minute constant state of movements to increase cardio. Both of those combined will help results tremendously.

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On the mental side of things, Christmas is often labeled the most wonderful time of the year, but for many it can be a tough go around. Mental health is always important for everyone, and Christmas can be hard for many due to past losses, money problems family troubles and with COVID-19, a new stressor may be added. The Mayo Clinic suggests you surrounding yourself with good people to talk about your feelings, and reaching out when necessary. In addition, healthy habits such as eating well, getting plenty of sleep, and exercising should be prioritized.

Finally, if necessary, a professional may be able to help if nothing else is. It is important to remain positive if possible throughout the holidays.

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Knowing the holidays can be a hard time for health both physically and mentally, it is important to find people to help out when needed. Accountability partners are a good source of relief, and people to motivate you to be better are always a plus. With all being said, stay healthy over the holidays and stay safe!