The holidays are a fun time to be around family and friends you haven't seen in awhile. They can also be a very busy time though, so feeling your best is a priority. After all, you wouldn't want to miss out on your aunt's famous apple pie! Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you feel great and won't miss out on any of the celebrations.
1. Keep up your fitness routine.
It can be tough to find time in your already crazy schedule to work out, but it'll actually keep you healthy. Working out strengthens your immune system, plus it makes you feel great physically and mentally afterwards. Just pencil it in your calendar like you would any other appointment you have.
Feel free to branch out too - if running's not your thing, don't force yourself to do it. Try that barre class you always walk by to really get a burn in your core and legs. Maybe something more fast-paced is more your jam, so try out a new kickboxing or cycling class. Working out should be fun after all!
2. Stay germ-free.
The holiday season is also the season for the flu and colds, so make sure you're aware of what you're touching. Wipe down shopping carts or tray tables in airplanes when you're traveling. If you're around someone sick, make sure you wash your hands before touching anything. At the gym, be sure to wipe down each machine you use (and yours after you're done if you're being really nice!).
3. Drink plenty of tea.
It's tempting to drink rich cups of eggnog or other holiday treats, but try to limit those. Making sure you get enough water is important to keep you hydrated. Fill up a water bottle to drink from throughout the day, and keep it by your desk.
To keep you warm, brew a cup of tea when you're thirsty. If you need a recommendation, take a look at our assortment of Graviola teas! With a variety including loose leaf original, chai, and mango, it's hard to get bored.
4. Get a massage.
Besides feeling good, massages are beneficial in many ways. They relax you, so your stress levels instantly go down. When your body's stressed, certain hormones such as cortisol can increase, thus putting your body on high alert and at risk for sickness. Massages also help with blood circulation, which increase your white blood cell count to be ready to fight any infection that may come your way.
5. Snack smartly.
We know this is the season of some tasty treats, so we're not here to tell you don't eat them. Go ahead and indulge in a few of your favorites if it's a special occasion. Just make sure you're eating healthy throughout the day to balance it out. If you're out and about, bring an easy snack like an apple or nuts to keep your blood sugar levels even and not have you grabbing every bon bon you see.
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Traveling usually comes with the misconception of being able to binge eat and gain a stone or two before getting home again. However, it does not need to be that way. You can travel and lose weight, or at least not gain any while still having a great time.