2020 has been a challenging and uncertain year. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, taking care of our health has never been more crucial. Now with the holidays upon us, it is equally important to maintain, or begin, healthy activities for your physical and mental wellbeing.
Of course, the holidays normally means spending time with loved ones, and having the perfect excuse to eat a lot of sweets and other junk food, pause those workouts and get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. While we all can use a little extra fun this year, it is important to not lose track of your healthy physical and mental practices.
Dixon Family YMCA Personal Trainer Katie Matteson shares some important tips to keep your physical and mental health on track during the holidays:
Make sure to eat well
“There can be many sweet and savory items on your holiday meal list, but make sure to indulge with moderation. Try to keep the sweets to a minimum. Make sure to have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies to get your daily dose of vitamins.”
Get exercise and enough rest
“We all know with large meals during the holidays or indulging in those sweets you tend to want to just sit in front of your television afterwards, making it easy to fall off the wagon. Get active for 30 minutes every day, whether it’s going on a walk or to your local gym. That way you can work off those extra holiday calories.”
“At this time of year, the temperatures can drop sooner than you think. Take proper steps to prevent sickness during the colder months: Rest, eat well, take vitamins and drink plenty of water.”
Take time for your mental health, too
“Your head can be spinning in all directions when planning your holiday season. If you feel overwhelmed, take 10 minutes to let your mind relax. Use this time to center yourself and collect your thoughts. Set boundaries with yourself and be comfortable with saying no to plans that don’t work with your schedule. Overloading yourself with responsibilities will lead to stress. All it takes is setting time aside every day to focus in on your thoughts and taking healthy precautions to make the holidays stress free and healthy.”
These are just a few tips to help you keep your physical and mental health in focus during the busy holiday season. For more information or to ask any questions about healthy activities, visit our website or call 815-288-9622.
Dixon Family YMCA
110 N Galena Ave
Dixon, IL 61021