4 Fitness Tips for Fighting Holiday Fatigue
By Liz Jenkins
We are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, so it's easy to get carried away with all the festivities, shopping and holiday chaos. Often times we end up taking on too much and getting overwhelmed and fatigued by the time the holidays actually arrive.
Here are a few tips to help you to avoid holiday fatigue.
1) Sleep: With so many holiday parties and so much shopping and excitement during the holidays it’s easy to allow your sleep schedule to get off track. Try to keep your gift wrapping, web-surfing, TV watching and other activities and projects outside of your bedroom. This will help to keep the bedroom atmosphere relaxed and calming; helping you fall asleep more quickly at night, and wake refreshed in the morning.
2) Balanced Diet: It is nearly impossible to avoid terrible eating habits during the holidays. With all of that candy at Halloween, (and clearance candy after Halloween!), turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pies and cookies and candy canes... I could go on forever! The fall season means comfort food at its finest! It’s like a giant snowball of calorie and carb packed deliciousness rolling right your way! No matter what you do you just can’t avoid it! Alas! You CAN avoid it! Try swapping that candy jar at work out with some almonds or keep grapes and carrots nearby. Skip that large plate at the dinner table and try out that smaller one. And be sure to include lots of water! Speaking of water, that leads me to my next tip:
3). Stay Hydrated: With water, that is! With so many holiday parties it seems as if there is always a vast assortment festive drinks at your disposal. It is perfectly acceptable to indulge from time to time. But keep in mind, alcohol is a sedative. It may pick you up at first but you will likely reap the consequences later on when you are tired, dehydrated and groggy. And it’s the holiday season so who has time for that? If you plan on enjoying a holiday beverage be sure to have something of substance to eat, as well as a glass of water.
4) Stay Active: Don’t mistake being busy for being active. I’m sure you are going a million miles an hour. It’s the holidays, everyone is making their list and checking it twice. But how many of those miles are you actually going. And how much time and energy are you logging at your desk, surfing the web, or sitting in your car? One of my favorite tips is replacing your everyday office chair with a stability ball. Not only does sitting on a stability ball at your desk strengthen your core muscles it also helps with your posture and promotes stretching. Which, as a result, kick-starts energy! If you really want to spice it up keep a couple light weight free weights near-by and get in a few bicep curls or shoulder presses. Or, even a few standing lunges. Outside of the office you can get a few extra steps in by parking at the back of the parking lot or taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
Hopefully these tips will help to keep you balanced and refreshed so that you can really enjoy the holidays and all the fun, food and festivities that come along with them!