No one can deny that the holiday season is also one of the most stressful seasons. The holidays are stressful for many reasons, such as:
1. you have loaded up your schedule with too many events
2. you miss your loved ones and your emotions are heavy
3. you are spending money you don’t have
4. you are hosting or visiting family members you don’t get along with
5. you [fill in the blank with your stressful situation]
Life continually has stressful situations and life sometimes brings unavoidable stress, like during the holidays. Regular exercise helps you to deal with stress and bring your body back to the true normal state (or as close as possible).
Here are some of my favorite fun exercises to beat stress in any season:
1. Biking or jogging at the lake or trails
2. Walking to relax my body and clear my mind
3. Flag football
4. Bodyweight exercises
Here are my top common sense rules to keep holiday stress (and weight) in check:
1. Eat healthy meals every 3-4 hours to help maintain your energy during the busy season. You always feel better when you eat better foods. As for the holiday goodies, check out my holiday eating tips at www.mynutritionhut.com
2. Get enough rest! If you don't sleep enough, your body won't function as well as it could. According to research, that means about 7-8 hours of sleep every night for most people.
3. Don’t start a fad diet (ever!). Research proves that quick weight loss leads to slowed metabolism, a weaker immune system, hormonal imbalances, loss of lean mass, increased body fat, decreased energy levels, disrupted sleep patterns, short-term results and yo-yo dieting!
4. Unless you eat perfectly, you need supplements like multivitamins, fish oil, green tea, calcium, etc. Get that physical exam to see where your body is lacking.
5. I like to exercise right after lunch or dinner---like walk for 30 minutes. Why?
a. It keeps me alert during those afternoon "sleepy hours." I don't get sluggish or sleepy.
b. It burns calories immediately after I just ate the calories.
c. It keeps my metabolism and fat-burning enzymes "humming" during the day.