It’s almost Christmas time again! Whether you’re excited for the season or simply wrapping up another year, it’s a good idea to keep your health in check. As you know, December is traditionally a celebratory month filled with lots of family time, shopping and festive foods. While it’s an opportunity to enjoy this special time of year, it’s also important to keep active, focused and disciplined.

If you’re looking for ways to keep on track, here are some important tips you can follow all December long.

1. Manage food portions and make smart substitutions

December is a well-known time for delectable, savoury food. Enjoy your favourite foods, but don’t forget – all things in moderation! To avoid binge or over eating, remember to eat on time while also managing portion sizes. It’s especially important to stick to a healthy, nutritious diet during the month. That way, you can better manage seasonal indulgences without your health goals falling too far off track.

A good tip to avoid over-indulging is having a light soup or salad before starting your main course meals. It may also help to write a daily log of your eating habits to keep track of your food intake and
If you’re consuming alcoholic beverages, know your limits and be mindful of your consumption. Remember – enjoy yourself but also think of your future health.

2. Get enough rest

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, there may additional stress factors you’re dealing with such as extra traffic on the roads, seasonal shopping, home renovations and entertaining guests. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to get burnt out.

To avoid a sleep deficit, make your sleep routine a priority and ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount. As much as possible, try to sleep and wake up at the same time every day as keeping a consistent sleep schedule can go a long way for your overall health.

3. Stick to a budget and set financial goals

Whether you’re doing Christmas shopping, end-of-year house renovations or any activity that involves additional expenditure, it’s important to outline a budget and stick to it as much as possible. Avoid mental stress from lack of planning: decide early what’s financially feasible, list your expenditure priorities and set timelines for your goals.

If a planned expenditure is not necessary for the month of December or will place you in a financial setback, consider setting new targets. Don’t feel pressured by the season – set budgetary goals that are realistic and work best for you.

4. Keep moving, keep active!

With the flurry of activities during December, it’s easy to neglect exercise and fall off your workout regime. Instead of waiting for the new year to kickstart your exercise habit, it’s ideal to keep active during the Christmas season. No time to go to the gym? You can incorporate simple, at-home exercises such as yoga, resistance band training or bodyweight exercises. By committing to a small amount of exercise each day, you’ll have more energy for the season.

A disciplined, smart approach to your diet and exercise habits can go a long way for this upcoming Christmas season. Whatever you decide to do, be safe and healthy!