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Ask the Expert: How do I stay active and healthy during the holiday season?

Healthy during holiday season

Our Merrithew Instructor Trainers share some fun ideas on what they do to stay healthy and active, while still enjoying the festive season.

It can be a magical and chaotic time of the year. The holiday season is full of indulgence, family time and giving; which means it can be very fulfilling but also quite busy, and can often disrupt routines. Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer Bianca Bolissian, and Instructor Trainer Tania Serrano shared some simple ways they enjoy the holiday time without too much disruption to their health and fitness routine. See their responses below!

Mark your calendar

Mark it in your calendar

Before the holidays start, Tania is mindful to plan ahead of her events and get-togethers so she can find time in between to get active.

“I'm deliberate about carving out time in my schedule for a run outdoors,” she said. “The holidays can be overly packed with social and family functions which can disrupt my regular workout routine. If I plan ahead of time, I always know that even if I miss my favorite class I've still made room in my calendar for an activity that I enjoy while getting some fresh air!”

Workout buddy

Find a workout buddy

Both Bianca and Tania suggest that planning to work out with a friend or family member will help you stick to your commitment to some sort of activity.

“This will make you accountable to each other,” Tania said. “Not only will it help you stay on track but this keeps working out fun!”

Use your environment

Use your environment

You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to get active. You can have plenty of fun while you’re baking cookies for the family, or you can bundle up and enjoy the great outdoors.

“What better way to get some cardio in than by putting on some dance music while you bake some cookies?” Bianca said. “Or, if the weather is good I love to put on my boots, go for walk and take pictures of the beautiful snow-covered ground and trees.”

Plan some me time

Plan some me time

Taking time for rest and recovery is just as important as movement. Tania adds that she tries to maintain a regular meditation practice to refresh and energize, as well as do comforting things like making a big batch of her favorite cup of tea.

“Meditation is flexible and doesn’t necessarily have to be done a ‘certain way’,” she said. “Even taking a few minutes in your day to breathe deeply and calm your mind can go a long way. And make sure you get your sleep! Despite how busy the holidays can get, I'm super protective about my sleep schedule and I make sure I don’t have too many late nights.”

What are some of your favorite ways to stay healthy and active during the holiday season? Let us know in the comments!