Holidays are among the most anticipated times of the year. They offer people the much-needed excuse to have fun, host parties and enjoy home-cooked foods. It’s during this period that people break from work and find time to socialize with their friends and family. With all the excitement that includes traveling to different destinations, attending parties and wild consumption of foods and alcohol, it becomes quite difficult for people to watch their health. In fact, research shows that on average, a person gains over a pound of weight between mid-November and mid-January. Gaining weight is, however, not the only health issue affecting people during the holiday season. Exposure to bacteria and viruses is also a major problem. Luckily, there are ways in which people can enjoy the holidays without compromising their health as explained below.
Modifying Mealtimes to Accommodate Visitors
Mealtimes are among the most affected schedules during a holiday. This is especially true when hosting visitors from a foreign country. Also, most people don’t work during the holidays, which implies that they don’t have to wake up early. Thus, it’s not unusual to find people waking up at around 10:00 and that’s when they have their breakfast. This means that they will have a late lunch at around 3 p.m. To keep the blood sugar steady without taking calorie-ridden foods, early risers can grab a healthy snack like a glass of smoothie or juice as they wait for their relatives to rise.
It’s extremely important to stay hydrated when traveling during the holiday, especially when a flight is involved. This because the air inside a cabin becomes dryer at higher altitudes. As such, the passengers are exposed to the effects of dry air, which include dry throat and nasal linings. This leaves the passengers susceptible to germs and viruses that could be floating around inside the plane’s cabin.
Most holidays occur during the winter when the air is drier relative to other seasons. However, this doesn’t imply that people need to consume gallons of water. Instead, they can take frequent sips throughout the journey. Even better, they can make on-the-go juices, allowing them to stay hydrated while also adding good nutrients into the body to maintain health.
Focusing on the Fun Rather Than the Food
Almost all holiday activities are related to food. From baking to dinner invitations from friends and family, it’s easy for people to overfeed during this period. While it’s not wrong to eat, overeating may cause weight gain and health issues like stomach upsets. As such, holiday lovers should seek ways of having fun without having to eat. For instance, they can consider visiting or inviting friends over for a gift wrapping party. They may also contemplate watching a holiday movie, going Christmas caroling or participating in a family competition. Focusing on the fun also helps people to control their alcohol intake.
Wiping Away Germs
As the adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Those who love traveling during the holidays should, therefore, carry disinfecting wipes and run them over items or surfaces that they may end up touching. Such include armrests, air vents, and food trays. This way, they will be ensuring that they don’t pick up germs left by people who sat or used items before them. It’s also a great idea to carry guard essential oils like Eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon, and lavender. Not only do these oils kill microbes, but they also boost the immune systems, which helps in protecting the body against ailments such as colds.
Exercising is never easy even in the absence of festivities. It becomes even more challenging during the holidays amongst the beehive of activities going on. However, a good workout can boost the production of endorphins and feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which makes the holiday the perfect period to exercise and enhance the fun. It also makes someone feel more energetic in addition to mitigating the effects of the extra calories they’re ingesting. To get the most out of exercising, merrymakers need to plan ahead and schedule time to walk or jog through a park trail. Exercising during the holiday doesn’t necessarily entail hitting the gym. Other activities that count as exercise include participating in family games, hiking or walking in such places as museums, national parks or historical sites.
A holiday can adversely affect someone’s health due to several factors. To begin with, food and alcohol are readily available, both of which can easily cause weight gain. Schedules are also disrupted thus people are more likely to forget their workouts. Those who are traveling may also be exposed to harmful microbes. Luckily, carrying along guard essential oils and disinfecting wipes allows travelers to avoid contracting diseases. Also, minimizing alcohol intake and staying active will go a long way in avoiding holiday-related weight gain.