The festive time is here and it often brings about challenges to our health and happiness. Chris, founder of Innerfit, shares this top health hacks for surviving this time of year.
“‘Tis the season to be healthy”, said no one, ever.
In the thick of the festive season, socials can come in thick and fast. It isn’t always easy to stay healthy and remember that Christmas is a time for:
- Giving over guilt
- Happiness over hunger
- Family-time over the fear of getting fat!
The boozy lunches, work parties and all-round indulgence need not leave your beating yourself up or bad health. This article shares 6 secrets to help you survive this festive season and come out feeling good to go for 2019.
Regular moderate exercise is associated with a reduced incidence of infection compared with a completely sedentary state (Gleeson, 2007). Yes, it is cold and dark outside. Yes, it is warm beneath the duvet. As long as you’re not already ill and at risk over-doing it, get up and exercise!
Alcohol can induce significant defects in the body’s defense against pathogens (bacterium, viruses, or other microorganisms) such as ‘leaky’ alcohol gut (Molina et al, 2010). Gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) represents almost 70% of the entire immune system (Vighi et al, 2007). If you are drinking, be aware of the units you are consuming!
Gut microbial composition depends on different dietary habits (Lionetti et al, 2010). If you are drinking, ensure you eat a colourful variety of vegetables to give your immune system a fighting chance.
Friends & Family
There is considerable evidence to suggest size and quality of one’s social network has a significant impact on health, susceptibility to illness (and even death), wellbeing and happiness (Dunbar, 2007). Whatever your ‘family/friend time’ threshold, make sure you break bread together!
Good exercise and sleep habits support one another (Kline, 2014) and it’s the same with diet (Katagiri et al, 2014). As well as exercising and eating well, prioritise getting enough sleep and your body will thank you for it!
Relax. Be realistic. Research shows that forgiving yourself for ‘falling off the wagon’ means you are more likely to get back on after a dieting setback (Burnette et al 2012). Accept that Christmas may be little indulgent and enjoy it!
Chris is the founder of Innerfit, a fitness centred wellness provider with the belief everybody has the right to a unique relationship with fitness which works. For more from Chris, see his Instagram, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org