Ways to Stay Healthy and Motivated During the Holidays

By Personal Trainer Abby Derbyshire

With the holidays coming up and the added stress and emotions sometimes attached to them, it’s important to practice self-care and tune into what our bodies need. Some days it’s rest, other days it may be a good sweat, or a warm meal to nourish our body! Did you know that being active can help strengthen your immune system? It’s true!

Here’s a few tips to help you remain healthy during the winter months:

1) Find your ‘why’

Ask yourself why you have the goals you do, or why you enjoy a good workout. Is it because it makes you feel healthier? It puts you in a better mood? It builds your confidence? Gives you more energy? Maybe it just feels good to get out of the house. Establishing your why will help motivate you to get here and get moving!

2) Nourishment is key

The holidays are a time to celebrate and food and drink are typically the uniting staple that brings us together. It may look a little different this year, although there will still be cookies, warm beverages and (socially distanced) celebrations with family. Balance is our friend! The essential vitamins and nutrients we get from whole foods keep us functioning. Remember to include foods rich in vitamin C, iron, B vitamins, and get outside to soak up some good ol’ vitamin D!

3) Healthy alternatives

One thing these past few months have taught me is the opportunity to try new things. New recipes, ways to “see” friends, lots of cleaning and DIY projects. Essential oils are one way that I’ve integrated new remedies into my practice. They have many properties and purposes and they smell great! Try diffusing a mixture of orange, cinnamon, clove, and eucalyptus for a warm, uplifting scent. You could even mix them with some vinegar and water to create a natural cleaner!

Need help getting back into a routine or have some questions you would like answered? Please email me, [email protected], with any questions about what’s going on at the club or if you’re interested in establishing some structure and discipline into your busy day.