With the holiday season well and truely upon us, it is a good time to stop and take a moment to reflect on how to maintain a healthy life balance. Coach Steve has some simple, healthy and easy to follow tips for staying fit and healthy over the holiday period.
Maintain Your Training
It can be tempting to let your exercise routine slide during the holiday season, but staying active is important for maintaining your overall health and well-being. Try to incorporate some physical activity into your daily routine, whether it’s going for a walk or jog, doing a home workout, or playing a game in the park with friends or family, or even committing to the regular Melbourne triathlon club training schedule.
Eat a Balanced Diet
It’s easy to overindulge during the holiday season, but try to focus on eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. You should absolutely allow yourself to indulge in all that the holidays have to offer, but just ensure that you balance it out. This will ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs and help you avoid feeling too tired or sluggish.
Get Enough Sleep
The holiday season can be a busy and hectic time, but it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night to help your body and mind recharge and stay healthy. While you need to relax and enjoy yourself, just remember that alcohol affects your quality of sleep, so having some alcohol-free days planned into your week is a very good idea.
Drinking plenty of water is important for maintaining overall health and well-being. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day to stay hydrated, and avoid sugary drinks or excess alcohol. To help you stay on top of your daily water intake, Coach Steve recommends having a big glass or two of water as soon as you wake up, and again before every meal. This will provide a trigger for you so that you don’t forget, and also gets in 50% of your daily volume without having to think about it.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
The holiday season can be a stressful time for many people, so it’s important to take care of your mental health. Try to set aside time for activities that you enjoy, such as training, reading, meditating, or spending time with friends and family. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t be afraid to seek support from a mental health professional, or reach out to your closest friends or family.
Overall, the key to staying healthy over the holiday season is to prioritise your physical and mental well-being. By maintaining a healthy diet, staying active, getting enough sleep, and taking care of your mental health, you can enjoy the holiday season without sacrificing your overall health and well-being.