Island Fitness Holiday Guide to Feeling Your Best

29 November, 2015

We want you to feel fabulous when you wake up on New Year’s Day 2016! Check out our tips for maintaining your health, happiness and positive attitude.

Give back - Thanksgiving is much more than a day; it’s a state of mind. Gratitude is a word that tends to be overused, but in times such as these, it may be even more important to honor what we’re thankful for, and we have much to be grateful for. Did you know that it’s scientifically proven that happiness contributes to physical wellness? We were excited and inspired to hear that the Surgeon General believes happiness is an important component for our overall health.

Doing charitable work actually contributes to happiness. In this season, which can be so much about consumption, please consider doing more to help others less fortunate. We have so many worthy organizations within our community; Helpline House, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, and Arms Around Bainbridge are just a few that would welcome your support.

Rest – Keep to seven to eight hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep set’s you up for eating well, exercising and not becoming ill. A healthy lifestyle begins with rest! This is the time of year to embrace and celebrate family and friends. Plan out your commitments now, and make sure not to jeopardize your time for rest and relaxation. There is no way of completely wiping out anxiety and stress in our lives, but we can become more aware of managing our circumstances to best meet our individual needs.

Hydrate- You might not realize that drinking water would be so important this time of year. Hydrating with water will help support a strong immune system. We are especially prone to becoming dehydrated in the winter months. Whether you indulge a little too much in your caffeine or alcohol intake, it is important to drink a glass of purified water (preferably not out of a plastic water bottle). For every glass or cup of indulgence you partake in this season make sure to match it with eight ounces of water.

Nourish – We all worry about eating too much this time of year. Make sure you keep eating!! Stick with your regular healthful eating schedule. This is the best strategy for not over indulging. Eat a healthy snack or a small meal before going to a holiday gathering and you instinctively make better food and beverage choices. This is same idea as never going to the grocery store hungry. If you know you are going to be drinking alcohol or eating desert (make a choice either alcohol or desert, but not both) Eat salad first! It’s a proven fact that if you eat salad (w/healthy dressing) or greens first, you’ll consume few calories overall. Next, fill your plate with reasonable portions of a good source of lean protein and fiber. Look for the green veggie, chicken and seafood options. You can always bring your own healthful offering to the party.

Move – Keep exercising! Indoors or outdoors – move your body on a daily basis. Exercise equals good health, longevity and overall happiness. If you incorporate the first steps above your exercise routine is sure to flourish.

We all hear about the estimated weight gain the average person experiences this time of year. This does not have to be the case for anyone who rests, hydrates, gives back, eats well and exercises.

At Island Fitness, we have lots of fun and safe ways for you to keep moving and eating well this holiday season. Join our Rowing Challenge; try a Zumba class; 30 minute cycling class; you can even get your entire fitness plan set up for the New Year with an Ortho-Kinetics® assessment. 

Everyone at Island Fitness is here to assist you with all your healthy lifestyle needs. We want you to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season and look forward to the coming year!

Send us an email or contact our Front Desk.

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