Stay heart healthy this season with these simple tips
The holidays are coming up and while they can be a cheery time of year, they may also bring unhealthy temptations and stress along with them. It can feel difficult, but it’s important to stay on track and keep up your heart healthy routine even during the holidays.
Whether you’re faced with the temptations of eating treats, skipping your usual exercise routine, the stress of visitors, or something else, there are plenty of ways to overcome the holiday slump and stay heart healthy during this time of year. We’re here to encourage you with three ideas to help you stay heart healthy this holiday season.
1. Get creative with your exercise routine.
It can be tempting to skip your exercise routine in favor of holiday activities, but it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Think outside of the box to incorporate some holiday cheer into your exercise routine. Perhaps you can take a new walking route to see all the holiday lights in a different neighborhood. Or, opt out of holiday shopping online and shop in person instead. Walking around the mall or an outdoor shopping center is a great way to get exercise and mark off your to-do list! Even decorating your own home for the holidays may become a great workout. There are many great and fun ways to get your exercise in.
2. Offer to bring a heart healthy dish.
Heading to a holiday gathering with lots of unhealthy food? Offer to bring a dish, and choose something heart-healthy. That way you know there will be something healthy there, and you won’t have to worry about whether you’ll be able to snack with everyone else. Bring vegetables and dip arranged in a holiday shape, or make a festive fruit tray out of holiday colored fruits. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Not only will you have a delicious snack, but the host will also be thankful for your contribution! Learn more about heart-healthy eating habits here.
3. Plan ahead.
The holidays can be fun, but for many people they can also cause stress. If you’re prone to stress, try to plan ahead this year. Start shopping early, so you don’t have to do it all at once. Or, if you have family coming in town, ask them to help out around the house. They may be happy to have a way to help! If you’re traveling out of town, give yourself plenty of time to arrive and pack a stress-fighter bag filled with things that keep you calm and relaxed.
And remember, if you do start to get off track, it’s never too late to get back on track. The sooner the better. And hey, by the time the New Year comes around, friends and family may be asking you to help them with their resolutions!