The silly season is well and truly upon us, so I've compiled a quick list to keep you on track, in the hope that you come out the other side in one piece. Have a merry Christmas and Healthy AND Happy New Year!
1. Keep Moving
Having time off around Christmas is an ideal time to try something new.
Ask your family and friends what they like to do for exercise and you might find something you can enjoy together in the new year.
- beach cricket with the family
- go for a hike off the beaten track
- try stand up paddle boarding or surfing
- take up running
- work in the garden
- take a Power Yoga class
- join Adelaide Outdoors Meetup
- take swimming lessons
- sign up for a free trial at the local gym
- play tennis
- go snorkeling or diving
Traveling or maybe you're living in the Northern Hemisphere and it's too cold outside?
Download the free 7 minute workout app and get a full body workout. A great way to maintain your fitness!
Commit to at least 30 minutes of exercise EVERY day and your body will thank you for it!
2. Find Time To Relax
The weeks and months leading up to the silly season can be very stressful with pressure to meet deadlines at work and all the extra socialising.
It's important to take some time to decompress, have some time to yourself and unwind.
- get a massage
- attend a restorative yoga class
- have a warm bath
- take a day trip to a beach or national park
- have a movie day with friends
- do a breath centered meditation
- start a journal
- learn how to play a new instrument
- cook a meal that you've been wanting to try and relax while doing it
3. Stay Hydrated
It can be difficult to stay properly hydrated with the warm weather and increased alcohol consumption. Keep an eye on your urine colour; if it's dark you probably need to up your fluid intake. Some ideas:
- freshly made fruit juices (apple, celery and ginger is refreshing in the summer)
- coconut water
- hydralyte or nuun
- warm lemon and honey water
- good old fashioned water
4. Drink Peppermint Tea
All the rich food over the silly season can play havoc with your digestion system.
Peppermint tea can:
- aid digestion
- relieve nausea
- reduce stress
- strengthen the immune system
5. Enjoy Quality > Quantity Food
Of course this is THE time of year to indulge, so my only advice is to spend a bit extra on the best quality food that you will really enjoy and leave you feeling great, rather than pigging out feeling sick for days after.
Have you got any other tips to stay healthy in the silly season?
Please let me know in the comments section...and have a great Christmas and New Year!