Monday, December 18, 2017

Four Ways to Bounce Back After the Holidays

The holidays are a time of food, family… And more food. It’s ok to indulge every once in awhile, but getting back in the groove of a healthy lifestyle after the holidays can feel like a drag.

Luckily, family fun can double as a chance to get active. Little dietary changes can make a world of difference in helping you feel your best.

Before you know it, you’ll be in tip-top shape for your Color-A-Thon this spring!

1. Going on a walk? Don’t leave your family behind.

Walks are for everyone, no matter the fitness or ability level, and they’re the ultimate portable exercise that can be done anytime or anywhere. They’re a great option after a heavy Christmas dinner or just as the day begins. Use it as a chance to explore the neighborhood with your kids. If you have a trail nearby, go geocaching together.

2. Play in the snow.

The next time your kids run outside to go play, don’t sit out. Build a snowman. Run and duck during a snowball fight. Walk up a big hill and take a sled ride down. Even throw on a pair of skates and take to the neighborhood skating rink. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t realize that you’re exercising, but you’ll still get your heart pumping and muscles engaged.

3. Don’t be afraid to get back into routine.

Do you normally eat a salad everyday for lunch? Don’t feel pressured to eat the holiday leftovers. Our bodies thrive with routine, and returning to some sense of structure as soon as possible can help you bounce back. In addition, returning to more balanced meals with carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats can keep up your energy instead of letting your blood sugar crash, which holiday meals tend to do. The same goes for your kids - especially as they prepare to get back into their school routines.

4.Get plenty of sleep.

But don’t sleep in. Returning to your typical sleep schedule will help you feel more rested in the long run than if you go to bed late and sleep late in the day. Yours kids might enjoy the added freedom, too, but help them stick to their schedule as much as possible. Scientists recommend turning off electronic devices before bed, because their lights can disrupt your sleep.

For more health and parenting tips and tricks this winter, head to School-A-Thon’s Facebook page!

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