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4 Ways to Maintain Healthy Habits Over the Holidays

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Happy first day of December! With the holiday season in full swing, here are a few tips to maintain healthy habits well into the New Year:

1. Stay Hydrated

To maintain your health and energy this holiday season, make sure you are drinking a considerable amount of water. Health professionals recommend consuming around a half of gallon, or 2 liters a day depending on your age and size. To jump-start your morning, aim for drinking at least 8 oz as soon as you get out of bed. And check out our other H20 habits and recommendations for help staying hydrated this holiday season.

2. Eat Your Greens

Soups, stews, and warm casseroles are wonderful ways to sneak in extra greens over the holidays. With a lot of vacation days and so many sweets around, it can be easy to forget about consuming nutrient-rich foods and produce. Aim for eating one large portion of fresh vegetables with every meal over the holidays (and no, sweet potato doesn’t count). And keep healthy snacks on hand - think nuts, dried fruit, and chopped up veggies. The more accessible healthy food is, the more likely you (and the rest of your relatives) are going to eat it.

3. Sleep In

Vacation days are great for many things, but we especially love the extra hours of sleep. Why? Aside from catching up on much needed zzz’s, sleeping is a significant benefit for your health. Sleep allows our body to rest and refuel. It also benefits our emotional well-being and how well we function throughout the day.

We are all guilty of skipping out on sleep during busy school or work seasons, so catch up over the holidays. And then make some goals to maintain a healthy sleep schedule after the New Year.

4. Get Outside

Even though it’s cold, getting outside is still beneficial to your health over the holiday season. Not only do outdoor activities benefit your emotional and mental well-being, but your physical health will be grateful for some sun and Vitamin D exposure. Grab your family and friends, a few Vukoo bars, and hit the Colorado trails. Just make sure to bundle up in appropriate winter clothing. And stay safe. Remember that December is the darkest month of the year with the sun setting as early as 4:30 pm. Wear a watch, bring a flashlight, and make sure to be off the trails before sunset.

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