The holidays bring with them joyous celebrations, stunning decorations, and thoughtful gifts – transforming the world into a happier place. However, winter colds are prevalent during this time of year as well as stress and an abundance of unhealthy treats that make it difficult to stay disciplined. You may have set out with strong intentions to only enjoy a small sip or two of egg nog this season but one glass quickly turns into another until you find yourself gulping down an egg nog milkshake each day simply because “it’s the holiday season.” If you want to make it through the holidays unscathed, we’ve consulted with two wellness experts. Kathryn Moos, a former soccer player and founder of VROU (a multivitamin drink for women), as well as Natalie Uhling who offers her own workout method – NUFit – shared their knowledge on how to enjoy this festive season without going overboard!
1. Stay hydrated.
When in doubt, turn to the power of water; it never fails. Moos says, “As the weather turns colder, and schedules are packed full of holiday parties, drinking water often slips to the bottom of the priority list; it’s easy to be consumed with delectable hot beverages and alcohol cheer. I try to keep a bottle of VROU close to me throughout the day, it’s the perfect-sized bottle to fit in your purse when you’re on the go!”
She said that water has great benefits for our skin, energy levels, focus, and overall well-being. To stay healthy it is recommended women take in 90 ounces of liquid per day – yet most are not even close to achieving this amount which could be impacting us greatly. “If you feel fatigued, have a headache, or your skin feels dry—try a glass of water, or better yet, a bottle of VROU! You may be surprised at how simple the fix can be.”
To avoid hogging the jumbo shrimp all night, Moos recommends downing a few glasses of water before attending your next holiday party. That way, you can stay satiated throughout the event and enjoy yourself more fully! “Try drinking a couple of glasses of water before your next holiday party, and you may notice how those chocolate truffles aren’t quite as appetizing as they once were,” Moos says.
2. Keep working out.
Uhling emphasizes that even with the holiday season here, you should still keep up your workout regimen – why not get jogging to some classic Christmas tunes? “Schedule your dinners and parties after hitting the gym or a class. I promise you’ll feel better and so will your body,” she told us.
3. Bundle up after you workout.
Unless you are fortunate enough to live on the West Coast, it’s likely starting to get colder. To keep your hair from getting wet and cold in the winter weather, make sure not to leave the shower with a dripping head of hair after an exercise session! “Make sure to bundle up after your sweat session. You don’t want to leave the gym soaking wet and then get sick. Try blow-drying your wet ends before leaving. It’ll help keep the heat in your body on your commute home,” Uhling says.
4. Give active gifts.
Rather than just buying your friend a bracelet, why don’t you go above and beyond with something that will help them get in shape? A gift certificate to a fitness studio or SoulCycle classes is an excellent choice. Not only will they appreciate the thoughtful gesture, but it could lead to their body transformation goals becoming reality!
5. Enjoy, but in moderation.
The holidays should be a joyous time, so don’t box yourself to the point of feeling obligated to miss out on celebrations. Moderation is essential here; remember that it’s all about balance! “Keep everything in moderation and simply try to move every day!” Uhling says.