4 Healthy Tips for the Hectic Holiday Season

December 7, 2010

Too busy to keep up with a healthful routine this holiday season?

The hectic holiday season is here, which means little time will be left for keeping up with a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Kids Challenge Partner in Health Nestlé Pure Life has four easy tips to keep you on track all season long.

Traveling?  Remember Active Play Every Day! Don’t forget to pack your sneakers or walking shoes! Check out your accommodations before you get there to see what they have to offer. Is there a gym, pool, or any walking activities you can take part in? Also, if you belong to a larger chain fitness club, oftentimes you’ll find other branches all over the country that you can use.

Shopping? Believe it or not, getting out to the local stores can be a great calorie-burner. While shopping this holiday season, you can find many opportunities to be active just by hustling from store to store and standing in line. Also, whenever possible, try parking farther from the store and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Add to your total steps for the day by walking each gift out to your vehicle between purchases.

Hydrated?  Do a Drink Think! Remember to grab a bottled water for the road!  As you get extra busy during the holiday season juggling work, home and errands you may not meet your fluid needs. And a lack of water can leave you dehydrated; even mild dehydration can drain your energy. That’s why keeping yourself hydrated during this time of year is just as important as any time of the year.

Skipping meals? Discover Smart Servings! Trying to save calories for a big party or get-together? Skipping breakfast and/or lunch to bank your calories isn’t a good idea. In fact, this tactic usually backfires—you wind up so hungry that you end up eating way more at the party (where there’s often high-calorie, high-fat, decadent food) than you would have if you’d eaten your regular meals during the day. A better bet: Eat breakfast and lunch as usual, but trim a few calories from each meal. That way you have a few extra calories to spend at the holiday get-together. Also, if you exercise earlier in the day you can try adding a few more minutes or increasing the intensity of your workouts to burn a few extra calories.

Cheers to a healthy holiday season from Healthy Kids Challenge and Nestlé Pure Life  ! 

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