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The holiday season can get in the way of some routines. Oftentimes, with family in town and celebrations in order, it is easy to let go of wellness to indulge in the treats and festivities that characterize this time of year. But that’s ok-- everyone deserves to let loose every once in a while and relax. We don’t have to be on 100% of the time.
However, it’s good to be aware. Maintaining these two easy habits can make easing into our daily routines post-holidays a painless process.
No, not rigorous interval training or grueling long distance runs, just movement! If you find yourself particularly static during the holidays, take some time to stand up, walk around, and move about. A study in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that standing for six hours a day instead of sitting not only inhibits weight gain but can actually help you shed pounds. In the study, standing burned 0.15 calories more per minute compared to sitting, and the muscle activity from standing was also associated with lower risks for strokes and heart attacks.
Snacking on calorically sparse foods-- particularly fruits and vegetables-- can not only be delicious, but can actually fight off that holiday weight gain. When feeling a twinge of hunger, reach for something like an apple, a salad, or some carrots. Better yet, grab a delicious bottle of Living Juice for a convenient and healthy holiday snack! These foods are not only heralded for their vitamin and nutrient content-- they also have the ability to make us feel full. With hunger satisfied we are less likely to gorge on calorically dense foods like desserts, pastas, and meats.