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!”


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