The holiday season has come knocking and we all could use a few hacks to keep us somewhat healthy as we round out 2017. While it’s a time for joyful celebration, all the indulgences and spending quality time with family and friends, it doesn’t mean you must lose all accountability and life balance. These easy hacks will help you stay healthy, in body and mind, as we reach peak holiday fever!
Hacks for a healthy-ish holiday season
Schedule in sweat
When your calendar gets filled up with deadlines and social occasions, your fitness regime is often the first item on the “to-do list” to get discarded. The solution?
Schedule in your sweat sessions and block out your diary to make sure you get your workout in. If you know your evenings are fully booked out, try waking up half an hour earlier for a quick HIIT session, or head out for a lunchtime run instead. For added accountability, book into a class (no one wants those late cancel charges!) or make a workout date with a friend, that way you will be less likely to skip the session and head to yet another party instead! Book your classes with GuavaPass up to 10 days in advance!
Switch out the drinks
It’s called the silly season for a reason… when it comes to end of year celebrations champagne and cocktails are often free-flowing, but it’s widely acknowledged that a higher intake of alcohol can have detrimental effects on our physical wellbeing and fitness, with dehydration, inhibited fat gain and a reduction in the detoxing function of the liver just a few of the side effects.
If you are raising a glass to a few cheers, follow these tips to reduce the severity of that dreaded hangover:
- make sure you swap in a water between beverages;
- select the low-alcohol options and;
- stick to mixers that have a lower sugar content
Learning to prioritise and say “no” is a huge lesson in self-care and one to recall during the holiday season. When the invites come rolling in and you see your schedule getting squeezed, skip the feelings of FOMO or guilt and only RSVP to the most important or meaningful events.
This will help you avoid overscheduling and through consciously controlling your diary, you’ll still have downtime to rest and fit in your workouts. Plus, you’ll additionally be more present when catching up with colleagues and friends – rather than rushing around to 3 events in one evening!
Healthy, balanced nutrition is of optimal importance during this time of year. With indulgent meals and celebratory gatherings focused on food, it is important to maintain mindful, healthy eating patterns. Holidays are about ensuring you are fuelled up and providing your body with the vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive from whole, real foods. Focus on regular, balanced meals filled with good quality proteins, fats and carbohydrates to keep you energised and satiated throughout the days, before taking the time to enjoy your treats when they come around!
This is particularly important if you know you will be having a few glasses of bubbles later on: make it a priority to never drink on an empty stomach and ensure you refuel properly the day after to recover those lost nutrients!
Find space to rest
Burnout levels often peak towards the end of the year as we rush around trying to squeeze everything in. As the pressure and stress of the holiday period increases, find the time and space to take rest and unwind from the manic moments.
Whether that be a quick nap on the sofa on the weekend, or opting for a restorative yoga class instead of a HIIT session, your body and mind will thank you for lowering cortisol levels and adding a little balance into the craziness!