Friend and family get-togethers, traveling, shopping, cooking — the holiday season is often met with a mix of joy and stress — hopefully more of the former. Worried about sticking to your wellness plan during the upcoming weeks? Trina Radske-Suchan, Medical Program Executive at the YMCA Healthy Living Center, has some quick tips to help you stay healthy over the holidays.
Don't try to squeeze in more holiday than you can handle. Stick with your daily routine as much as possible and prioritize your workouts, even if they’re a bit shorter than normal.
Schedule an appointment with a wellness coach (free with your membership) for help developing a realistic fitness and nutrition plan.
Go grocery shopping on a full stomach so you aren’t as easily tempted by delicious displays — and try filling that stomach with nutritious foods. In one study, individuals who ate an apple sample before grocery shopping bought 25% more fruits and vegetables than those who did not.
Create a calorie deficit by exercising to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods (because we all need to indulge sometimes).