Highlands Ranch, Colo. – At Wind Crest, a senior living community developed and managed by Erickson Living, residents enjoy an active and engaged retirement lifestyle. With a fitness center, hiking trails and an on-site medical center, the community is designed with wellness in mind.
But even with all these convenient amenities, it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits during the holidays between travel, frequent social gatherings and the added stress of the season. Luckily, Wind Crest residents also have access to experts like Terri Billings, the community's Fitness Manager.
As a Certified Personal Trainer with a degree in Nutrition, Terri helps residents hone their health and wellness all year long. Here, she provides her top tips for enjoying a healthier holiday:
- Everything in moderation.
The holidays come once a year and it's important to savor those tastes and traditions. However, it does not mean we let everything go and eat every cookie on the plate. Work on maintaining your self-control by thoroughly enjoying your favorite treat—whether that's dessert, a delicious appetizer or festive cocktail—and then returning to a normal, balanced diet.
To help maintain that moderation mindset, it is helpful to set priorities. What is most important to you during this season? For example, if you are planning to go out to dinner with loved ones and have a delicious dessert, make the conscious decision to enjoy that moment. You'll likely find that snacking on those little everyday candies instead aren't really worth as much to you as that special experience.
- Stay Committed.
If you exercise regularly, do your best to maintain your routine throughout the holiday season. You may even discover opportunities to increase your activity during the day, such as taking a walk with a family member or friend. Don't put fitness on the back burner just because it is the holidays. Try scheduling your workout for first thing in the morning to make sure you get it done before the fun and festivities begin.
One the easiest and most enjoyable ways to avoid overindulging is simply to share! Go ahead and have that special treat, but consider splitting it with a friend. You'll almost never feel like you needed to eat the whole thing and you get the added bonus of sharing with the people you love.
Many people approach the holidays with excitement and joy. But for others, this time of year can be lonely and difficult. While it's important to maintain habits that protect your physical health, it's also critical to take time to nourish your mental, emotional and spiritual health. Consider volunteering, which can be a really beautiful way to connect with others and discover a sense of belonging. When you serve others and see happiness on someone else's face, it often brings joy to you.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season!