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Top 7 Ways to Stay Healthy Over the Holidays

written by Guest Blogger December 15, 2012

A great follow-up to our last post, today’s guest blogger, Richard McMunn, reminds us in how we can stay healthy over the Christmas season. 

Christmas can be a tricky time for many of us. This is the time when we want to look our best, feel our best, and be at our best, and yet, the period can just as easily lend itself to stress and worry, virtually unending periods of grey skies and general malaise.

Here are seven tried and tested ways of staying healthy over this Christmas.

Exercise to Fight the Winter Blues

Winter is not exactly the most motivating of times to get out and about to exercise. The slippery, icy roads and freezing cold weather don’t exactly scream out ‘let’s go jogging’. But this is the best time to invest in staying fit and healthy, because the more you do exercise, the more energetic you will feel.

There are plenty of exercises you can do indoors, even if you don’t have any exercise equipment. Exercise keeps you fit and boosts your immunity, helping your body fight off nasty bugs that may be making the rounds.

Don’t Get Carried Away With the Wine

It is the festive season, but that really doesn’t justify excessive alcohol consumption. What may seem like merriment will only turn into a terrible hangover and permanent damage to the liver, so like always, better to drink in moderation, whether it’s Christmas or not. Keep a tab on your alcohol intake.

Eat Well and Be Well

An integral part of the festivities is of course eating rich foods, and it is no surprise then that indigestion and bloating are among the most common complaints during this period. Rich sugary food lead to high sugar levels, which lead to bloating and feeling tired. Avoid over-consumption of rich sugary foods.

An important part of staying healthy during Christmas is maintaining a healthy and balanced diet. A healthy diet translates into higher levels of energy, which in turn allows you to keep fit and stay well.

Keep Warm

Winter months can be difficult and bring with them a host of health problems, whether it is cold sores, coughs and flu, or a general feeling of tiredness. It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones from the cold weather in order to stay healthy during this period.

It is recommended to eat more fruit and veg during winter months to help the body combat the cold and build immunity. Enough sleep and regular exercise are also important to keep the energy levels going.

Careful on the Ice

Falls due to ice in winter are among the most common causes of injury during winter. This may sound rather obvious – but an important part of staying healthy during Christmas is to be careful on slippery ice!

Keep Calm it’s the End of the Year, Not the End of the World!

Christmas can be highly stressful for many people, simply because of the pressure. Buying presents, planning parties, and generally having a good time can be more stressful than we think!

Only take up as much as you can easily handle, and plan well in advance. After all, the festive period is meant to be a fun, and a relaxing time to enjoy with friends and family, so keep calm and enjoy the end of the year!

Be Happy!

The most important factor in staying health is mental and emotional well-being. Stay happy and half the battle to staying healthy is won.

About the Author

Richard McMunn is the director and founder of How2become.com; a career and recruitment specialist. Richard has written a number of books and helped numerous applicants prepare for and pass recruitment processes. Connect with How2become on Twitter

How do YOU stay healthy over the holidays?

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1 comment

Dr. Terranella December 19, 2012 at 10:16 am

These are all great tips for staying healthy over the holidays. It’s important to always keep in mind the basics of health and nutrition that we learn. The holidays are a time to indulge, but in moderation. Thanks again for the great post!

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