Healthy Through the Holidays

Written by: LeAnn McCusker, CSCS, Health Fitness Specialist

The holidays are here! It is a time to enjoy family, friends, food, and wonderful traditions. However, while making merry, our overall health can take a beating. How can one stay healthy through the holidays?

Did you know that Americans gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season? While that might not seem like much, most Americans never lose those 1-2 pounds and they pile up over the years. With so many extra activities to tend to, Americans tend to be less physically active through the season as well. The frenzy of the season can increase the amount of stress we experience. For others, the holidays may increase symptoms of depression.

With a little planning, we can avoid all those unhealthy holiday culprits listed above. To help, check out these valuable tips and resources from our health and fitness content writers:

References:

  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. “Stay Mindful with 4 tips for Holiday Eating.” December 19, 2017
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association. “How to Help Clients Avoid Holiday Weight Gain. December 9, 2013
  • Mayo Clinic. “Stress, Depression and the Holidays.  Tips for Coping.” September 16, 2017

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