The holidays can be a time of indulgence. Celebrating the season is often an occasion to socialize and gather with friends and family. While it is important to enjoy yourself, there are a few things you can do to make sure you maintain your health throughout the month.
Bigger portions, packaging and tableware may cause you to consume more food and drink than you would otherwise. To maintain a healthy diet, try to limit portion sizes of fatty foods and sugary drinks, and fill your plate with healthier options such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
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Enjoy alcohol in moderation
Avoid alcohol or limit your drinks: ideally no more than one a day for women; no more than two a day for men.
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Make time for exercise
Lace up your shoes and go for a walk, strength train at your local gym or community centre, or practice yoga. Whatever your favourite form of exercise is, and keeping in mind the advice you’ve been given by your physician, aim for at least 20 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily, or a total of 150 minutes each week.
Give back to the community
Many organizations look for extra volunteer help during the holidays. Did you know that volunteering can also keep you healthy and engaged? Some of the many benefits include the opportunity to build relationships and reduce loneliness and social isolation.