The holiday season is like one big festival of food, parties and good cheer. It’s my favorite time of year! Of course, to truly enjoy the season and feel your best, try to enjoy a healthy mix of indulgences with equal amounts of exercise, relaxation, hydration and adequate sleep. These really are the key ingredients to adding some balance to this festive time of year.
Russ and I enjoy a few extra runs during this time of year when we are fortunate to have a few extra days off from work. Extra time, for us, translates into enjoying a nice jog together.
To kick off Thanksgiving, we started our day running in a local road race to help support the high school athletic program. My hometown of Medway, Massachusetts hosted their first Turkey Trot. I love the idea of getting in a run before the feasting begins. A perfect example of balancing exercise with feasting.
Or of course, the turkey hats are key elements to a successful turkey trot, too! How fun!!
What expected to be a 100-200 participant race actually had nearly 600 registered runners! What a healthy way for everyone to start their Thanksgiving festivities! For Russ and I, running with this group was a great start to the day!!
To support the runners, I asked a few food companies to provide their healthy products for the post run fare. And I am grateful to say, FOOD SHOULD TASTE GOOD, Hint water and Kind Snacks were very generous and stepped up to the plate for all of us! Thank YOU!
At the Turkey trot, the Kind Bars were a BIG hit!
Hint water is a novel idea. Water with a splash of flavor but with NO artificial sugars.YEAH! This water tastes like fresh spring water at first, but then hits you with a nice flavor boost. I am digging the blackberry. A great post workout hydration source. Real water. Yay!
Knowing I would be having a rich lavish Thanksgiving meal, it was nice to balance it out with a 3 mile run with many happy, friendly faces. You don’t have to run a road race to add balance to your holiday season, but if your like to run, maybe you want to add a Jingle Run to your agenda. If not a run, take a stroll with a friend, snow show with your family, plan a sledding trip with neighbors or simply hit the gym. But be sure you add a little extra activity to your calendar this month to help balance out the few extra indulgences this holiday season!
Here’s a few tips to keep the body fit and the mind Zen-ful during the holiday season.
- Schedule a date with your pillow. Try to get in enough zzz’s so you can keep up with the extra holiday socializing and cheer. Adequate sleep helps keep your appetite in check.
- Keep your tank on full. Be sure to drink plenty of water to keep skin and body hydrated through out the winter. Perhaps a decaf tea mid-afternoon or a seltzer or Hint water with lunch?
- Balance exercise with holiday treats.
- Squeeze in a massage or a yoga class to help you take it down a notch.
- Perhaps skip-out of some of your holiday invites. Try not to over-book yourself.
- Choose treats wisely, avoid impulsive snacking, and save extra calories for special desserts that “make the holiday special” rather than eating up treats you can get anytime of year.
- Don’t let yourself get over hungry shopping at the mall. Perhaps bring a Kind bar or some Food Should Taste Good sweet potato chips to snack on should you get hungry while shopping. Avoid mall fast-food!
- To keep your spirits bright, surround yourself with the cheery not the weary!