The holiday parties are still in full swing, and lots of us have cookies and candy still lying around. The following are just a few tips on how to conduct yourselves healthfully—both in exercise and eating habits—over these wintry days when doing so might be the furthest from your mind. Here are two “fabulous five” sets of fitness and diet tips, to help when you're on your travel nursing jobs in the upcoming year!
5 Tips for for Avoiding the Holiday Bloat:
- Start a food log: Writing down what’s consumed in the course of a day can be extremely helpful and illuminating.
- Save splurges for a truly special sit-down moment. Don’t grab from a plate of cookies when you’re distracted! If you must, set aside the time to actually enjoy it.
- Slow down your RSVP rate: By all means get your heart rate up by reporting to the gym, but feel free to decline some of those holiday party offers. You can’t make every single one!
- Keep up the good work with your weekly grocery shopping. Make sure you go to the grocery store once a week for the fresh fruit and vegetables you’ll need to make healthy recipes!
- Plan a low-key holiday event at home: Invite a friend over for a healthy dinner in front of your favorite holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel!
5 Tips for Cold-Weather Exercise:
- Use the winter season as the perfect excuse to train for something! Spring and summer are the time to strut your stuff after training throughout the winter; this is the perfect time to look for training programs in 5K’s, 10K’s, triathlons and more. You could raise money for a cause that’s important to you in your healthcare career!
- Try something new: Always wanted to try kickboxing or yoga? There’s no better time than now to find something in your community. Look to your hospital’s community center and see fellow R.N.s and physical therapists rocking out to zumba!
- Work out in a climate controlled building! Try new things on your own by renting or buying workout videos and working out in the comfort of your own home. Or, try an indoor class – many programs offer the first class free, so if you don’t like it, no biggie!
- Find a workout buddy! There is no better way to be held accountable than a friend waiting for you at the gym, or expecting to see you for that daily power walk!
- Start checking in regularly with an exercise community: Running is a prime example. Pick up an issue of Runner’s World or look for races in your area via TriFind.
So there you have it, tips that take you from table to tread mill in a smooth, svelte B-line. Remember that finding an exercise or community weight control (think Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig) class this winter is a great way to get re-motivated and energized for 2013! We hope you are enjoying Healthy Careers’ series of articles that began with how to shop for healthy food, and preparation tips once you bring home that (extra lean!) bacon. Get moving and nourish yourselves with the best healthy recipes the whole year through. Happy 2014 everyone!