7 Tips for Staying Healthy this Thanksgiving in oakland ca
We all know what happens when the holidays roll around - we eat too much, drink too much, and don’t move enough. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. There are lots of ways to celebrate this Thanksgiving while putting your health first. Check out these tips to get you through this holiday season feeling healthy, happy, and festive.
1. Get Outside
Go for a brisk walk and enjoy the fresh air. Take a couple of friends with you to make the time go by easily and enjoy some one-on-one time. Have a big group? Opt for something a bit more competitive such as soccer or flag football.
2. Split Up the Chores
During the holidays there are no shortage of things to do. If you split up the chores, they will be done more quickly. Not only will you feel good about helping someone, you will get a bit of extra exercise!
3. Dance It Out
Start an impromptu dance party with the family for a great bonding session and a nice little workout. It will help get everyone blood flowing and digestive systems moving after dinner.
4. Join a Turkey Trot
Enroll yourself and your family in a non-competitive fun run such as a turkey trot. Many cities host holiday themed races ranging from one mile to 10K, so have a look. You’ll feel better knowing that you made exercise a fun commitment on Thanksgiving.
Hungry? Maybe you’re actually thirsty. If you keep yourself hydrated throughout the day you are more likely to consume less food, as thirst tends to spark hunger pains.
6. Meditate or Practice Deep Breathing
Holidays can be stressful. Whether it’s mentally preparing yourself for cooking for a large group of people, dealing with distant relatives, or cleaning up the house before guests arrive, your mental reserves will be lowered a little bit. So be sure to re-up and take a few minutes to yourself to meditate. If you’re unable to get away, calm yourself by taking a few slow, deep breaths. This will help to reduce your stress levels. Need some guidance? Check out these meditation apps I recommend.
7. Practice Gratitude
Put the “thanks” back into Thanksgiving can improve your health. “Somebody once said a grateful heart is a healthier heart, and that’s what we saw in this study,” said Paul Mills, Ph.D., a professor and researcher at the University of California-San Diego whose study was published last year by the American Psychology Association.
Studies don't lie
Mills and his team studied 186 men and women with asymptomatic (Stage B) heart failure to see how their sense of thankfulness and gratitude affected their overall health. The study focused on psychological health and found that patients who expressed higher levels of gratitude had less depression, less anxiety and slept better.
They also focused on the health of the subjects. Using blood tests, they discovered that the patients with more gratitude had lower levels of inflammation and better heart health.
“That was a lovely surprise,” Mills said. “Based on past literature, we thought people that had more gratitude would have a better sense of well-being, but we didn’t expect to see changes in the biology as well.”
Keep a gratitude journal to make daily practice of gratitude a habit. Write three things down every morning that you’re grateful for, three things that will make the day great, and one statement about who you want to be. Each evening, write three things that went well that day and one thing you could have done to improve the day. This simple practice takes only a few minutes and can significantly improve your health and overall happiness.
Enjoy your holidays while staying healthy. Looking for tips on eating better this holiday season? Stay tuned for our next newsletter that will focus on how to eat healthy during the holidays.
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