Maintain a Healthy Balance During the Holidays
It’s official, baseball season is over (oh……and in case you missed it, the Kansas City Royals played in Game 7 of the World Series!!), football is in full swing and basketball season has started. For those that are involved in fall and winter sports, staying active over the holidays isn’t a challenge. However, for a lot of people the holidays are a time when it’s difficult to maintain a healthy balance between eating and exercise. I did a quick internet search and there are so many web sites that have the “answer” to staying healthy over the holidays. Here are a few “tips” I found that you might want to share with staff, parents and students.
- Start a fitness tradition with your family (Turkey Trot, Jingle Bell Run, etc.)
- Act like a kid, play touch football, shoot some hoops, have a snowball fight, go sledding
- Set a holiday fitness/activity goal
- Be a mall rat (power walk between errands)
- Invite others to exercise with you
- It’s not rude to say no to food. Don’t be pressured to eat, if you aren’t hungry.
- Avoid reindeer sweaters and any elastic waisted holiday outfit (just had to see if you were really reading the list, thought this one was humorous!)
- Create healthy sides for holiday meals
- Eat breakfast every day, especially before going to a holiday event
- Don’t build food towers
This is a great web site with activities, coloring pages, worksheets, parental handouts for various holidays and special events. www.nourishinteractive.com
And for a little holiday sing along; check out “The 12 Ways to Health Holiday Song” at http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/12ways.htm
One site I visited summed things up very well. “The holidays are supposed to be fun. So stop beating yourself up. Celebrate smart and take care of business!”