The final stretch is among us and you know what that means, winter break!! With finally having the time to relax and regenerate from the demands of school and possibly work, you're able to enjoy time with family and friends, which at the end of the day is what the holidays is all about. Throughout the holidays, there is a lot of celebrating with food and drinks which can make it quite easy to fall off track from your daily routine in regards to eating healthy and staying active. Now we all definitely want to enjoy those tasty treats and delicious drinks during the holidays without feeling guilty the next day so we have come up with a few tips and tricks to staying healthy, happy and on track of a healthy routine during the holidays!
- Revive and Revamp: In terms of your workout routine, as busy as the holidays can get with social events and holiday commitments, it’s always a good idea to leave in some time for physical activity. That being said “split your physical activity into smaller, more manageable times”. Being active doesn't always need to be in a gym, try going for a long walk or going ice skating and to make it even better grab your family and friends and make a day out of it!
- Eat Before: With plans of attending a holiday party, eat before, that way you feel less “incline to resisting delicious but unhealthy foods” additionally it will “take the edge off your appetite preventing from overeating”. definitely, still have that cookie or cheesecake, but with eating before the party you will be satistfied with just the one sweet or savoury treat.
- Sleep More: Now that you’re on break, the best thing you can do is give yourself the recommended hours of sleep, ideally 7+ hours. That being said throughout the break try going to sleep earlier, or even allow yourself to sleep in once in a while. Catching up on your sleep over the holidays will allow you to come back to school and work in January fully refreshed and ready to take on new challenges!
At the end of the day there’s no harm in having a little extra dessert, skipping a workout or even sleeping in for a extra few hours, because ultimately the holidays are meant for you to unwind and not think to long and hard about staying on a tight schedule, just be mindful of keeping things in balance.
Have a happy and safe holiday break Bruins!
Written by: Bailie Norville
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