The holiday season is a wonderful time of year, but it can also be challenging for families trying to eat healthy and stay physically active. Between family gatherings, parties, delicious food, and traveling, healthy habits can get left behind. Here are a few tools and tips to help families stay healthy and physically active while still enjoying the holiday season.
Spend time before the holidays planning healthy snacks, appetizers, meals, and desserts to prepare. Whether you are a host or guest, be the one to create healthy alternatives to the typically not-so-healthy holiday menu.
Wash your hands often to help prevent the spread of germs.
Just like any other day, you shouldn’t skip meals during the holidays. Keep normal eating times and if you do happen to skip a meal try to snack on healthy foods.
Make sure to add sleep and relaxation to the holiday to-do list. Staying well rested provides an extra boost of energy.
Stay Physically Active
Even if you are traveling, you can find ways to engage in activities with family and friends.
- Pack walking shoes/boots for trips to see family and friends.
- Go for a walk around the neighborhood to enjoy the holiday decorations or snowshoe or ski on our local trails to see the stars. (China Forest, Messalonskee School or Stream Trails). Find trails at https://www.kmtrails.com/the-trails/or http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/
- Organize winter sports, such as snowshoeing, skiing, sledding and skating with family and friends or go swimming at a local indoor pool.
- Get the family physically active by turning up those holiday tunes and dancing—anything that keeps everyone moving and having fun.
Most important enjoy Family Time Together.
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