The holiday season has kicked off which means plenty of parties where it’s absolutely required to indulge in the abundance of tasty treats. I’m sure you made plans to work it off at the gym over the weekend but after a trip to the local bar with some long lost friends, the work week is back and you just didn’t find the time. Welcome to the holiday health hazard.
Let’s get real, it’s December in Michigan and for the next few months the weather is only going to get worse, the flu and other bugs may invite themselves to parties, and you will be running on empty due to your packed social calendar.
It’s time to add some healthy habits to your holiday to-do list to avoid packing on an extra layer or getting sick this winter.
Here are a few simple suggestions to get you through the season:
Sure, fast food is quick, convenient and tasty but is it worth sacrificing your health? According to Livestrong.com eating meals loaded with calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt creates nutritional deficiencies, causes weight gain and shortens your life. Take a couple extra minutes each day to pack a healthy lunch. Choose fruits and vegetables instead of burgers and fries. Eating out less will likely ease the burden on your pocketbook, too.
Work it out
Big or small, having a daily exercise routine is key to maintaining a healthy body. This is especially important if you sit at a desk all day like me. As former Franconian Angela Hernandez so eloquently explains in her blog, there are many opportunities to be healthy at work. It’s time to stand up people! Avoid phone calls to coworkers; walk to their desk. Take a stroll during lunch or a periodic lap around the office when you need a break. The opportunities are there, take the initiative and be more active at work.
Wash your hands
According to this Time Magazine article, during the winter people spend more time indoors in close contact with others. This leads to an increased risk of infection from germs and viruses. Wash your hands regularly to help prevent the spread of bacteria and those annoying winter illnesses.
Staying healthy might be as simple as getting some rest. The holidays are a hectic time of year filled with late nights at the office, family parties and weekend celebrations. You sacrifice sleep and rely on caffeine to get you through the day. According to hypochondriacs’ favorite website, WebMD, sleep deprivation can lead to serious health problems including heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke and diabetes.
So, when you bundle up and head out the door to your next holiday party remember to stay away from the pie, wash your hands, choose celery and make it home in time to watch A Christmas Story while you fall asleep at a reasonable hour.
…and to all a good night!