How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays
As I look at my calendar for the next two weeks I realized:
Holy COW! I have to attend a lot of parties.
Don’t get me wrong. I like holiday parties. I love dressing up, seeing good friends, eating tasty food, enjoying adult beverages, and listening to Christmas music.
But the holidays can be a bit tough on the body.
So it is important, more important than normal, to make conscious fit and healthy decisions. The holidays are about having fun, spending time with people you care about, celebrating the good things in life, and that includes celebrating YOU! And in order to celebrate you, you need to make sure to take care of yourself and feel good.
Here’s my tricks for staying fit and healthy during the holidays:
This is no joke.
Oh hey, I’m outdoors and there’s a tree. Should I use this time to practice my handstand variation of scorpion pose? Why yes, yes I should. (Please do not attempt practicing scorpion pose post-holiday beverages, however!)
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, top by Lorna Jane, “lava leggings” by Jala Clothing
Or hey! Here’s my adorable nephew. We’ve just eaten Thanksgiving dinner but he wants to play and do yoga. So, what do you do? #StopDropAndYoga. DUH!
Or hey! I’m feeling overwhelmed at work? Maybe I should sit down and meditate for a couple minutes and catch my breath? You don’t even have to close your eyes! You can sit in your chair. Maybe you step outside if the weather is nice. You can hug your knees into your chest or sit with your feet firmly planted. Just notice your breath. Pause. Inhale and exhale. Let go of what doesn’t serve you. AHHHH. Then go back to your busy day! That’s still a perfect practice of #StopDropAndYoga!!
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, sweater by Lorna Jane, Nesh NYC Peek-A-Boo Tights, Chakra Necklace by Sacred Charms, Mala By Jivala Jewelry
2) Run Like the Wind
Or just run. Really. Outside preferably. Distance runs for bonus. But the treadmill will work in a pinch. And if you’re injured? Use the elliptical or do some recumbent bike work during the holidays. It may be boring, but it’s worth it! Run run run!!! (Or walk, even. Just move that body!!)
Ready to run with PhenOH7.4, Lorna Jane Activewear, hot pink pro compression socks, my new blue Flip Belt, and Saucony’s Kinvara 4s!
3) Intensify your yoga practice
Photo by Ashlee Hamon Photography, top by Lorna Jane, “lava leggings” by Jala Clothing, Chakra Necklace by Sacred Charms, malas by Jivala Jewelry
Did someone say CROW POSE?
What about core work? Inversions? Sun Salutations? Handstands! Planks?
Dedicate yourself to your practice.
Now is the time for power vinyasa and Bikram Yoga!! I’ve been attending Annie Okerlin’s amazing Bikram classes 2 times per week at Yogani Studios here in Tampa, as well as kicking my personal flow yoga up a notch. In all, however, is the reminder for balance. I’m also intensifying my RESTORATIVE practice and making extra Lora time on the mat for stress-relieving postures and child’s pose.
4) Stay properly fueled!
When not partying, I try to eat EXTRA healthy during the holidays. When I did the Daily Love Mastery class, Mastin emphasized an Alkaline diet rich in leafy vegetables, fruits, lean meats in modetration, and low in carbohydrates, sugar, and anything remotely processed. I try to remember these food guidelines and to balance my unhealthy eating (but OMG baked brie and champagne are amazing) with an extra green juice and winter salads the next day. And with the extra running, yoga, and activities I find myself drinking an extra sports drink (or two) to stay hydrated this season! I’ve been fueling up in Birkam and for long runs and crazy days with PhenOH7.4, a Paleo Alkaline sports drink.
Like Mastin’s Alkaline diet, PhenOH 7.4 is designed to balance you and your body’s acidity. It’s only got 7 ingredients, is low-sugar, is high in potassium (I tend to cramp more during winter months and look to add potassium in my diet to prevent those charlie horses!), and makes me feel like I have some extra kick in my step! Which is necessary to keep up with all the holiday fun! It’s also low sodium, which is a must when battling holiday salt bloat. (Yes, I really just talked about holiday salt bloat on my blog. But y’all seriously don’t want to know how much extra salt we have this time of year…..)
Sleep, sleep, sleep. Please remember to sleep.
Because really, there is nothing more satisfying than a full night’s rest. Plus, you’ll be better able to find time for fitness, find the ability to make healthy eating choices, and find compassion for others when faced with stress if you get enough rest.
So please please please. Find a few extra zzzs during December!!
What are your go to habits to stay healthy during the holidays? Let me know, I’m always looking to be even healthier each year!