It can be difficult for families to stay healthy during all times of the year. During the holiday season, eating right and getting exercise is especially hard but it’s more important than ever to stay on track.
Get physical activity.
Exercising is one of the best ways for adults and children alike to stay in good health over the holidays and beyond. Getting 60 minutes every day may seem like a challenge, but it can seem more doable when it is broken into chunks throughout the day. Try a cold-weather sport like ice skating, snowboarding, snow tubing, or skiing. Or just walk around the neighborhood to admire the holiday lighting.
No matter how healthy your diet is during the year, it’s easy to lose track of calories during the holidays. The key is to plan well ahead of time. For instance, if your children are going to a holiday party, try to find out what’s being served and bring a healthy treat. Eat before going to a party, and drink plenty of water at all times instead of cider or other sugary drinks.
During the holiday season, stress levels can sore. This applies to both children and adults. Parents can lighten their stress load by accepting the fact that the holidays do not need to be perfect. Agree on budgets for parties and gift-giving, and also come to an agreement on a schedule. Get enough sleep, and reach out to friends and family if you need assistance.