Five Tips to Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

Christmas is a special time of year.

It’s filled with presents, food, family and lots of holiday cheer.

But when it’s all over and there is nothing left to do,

We are often left unhealthier and feeling somewhat blue.

So here is a list of 5 things that you can do,

To make sure this season doesn’t leave too many New Year’s Resolutions for you!

  1. Get lots of sleep: If you want to ensure you don’t munch on goodies all day, stay cheery, have lots of energy and stick with an active lifestyle, it is ESSENTIAL that you get all the zzzz’s you can. There is a strong and growing field of research to indicate a significant relationship between lack of sleep and obesity. So schedule in your 8 hours for every night this holiday!!!
  2. Liquid Calories and Portion Size: ‘Tis the season of food and drink. And we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of our favourites, but remember, one or two bites should be good enough to satisfy your cravings! Keep portion sizes in mind and be aware of how many snacks you’re eating while waiting for the big turkey or ham. Try to avoid loading up on mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and gravy. More importantly, keep track of how many glasses of wine, beer and hot chocolate you’re drinking. Those liquid calories add up fast!!!
  3. 30 minutes to move:  Time is a big barrier to maintaining physical activity levels over the break, but all you need is 30 minutes, and  no one said they had to be a solitary 30 minutes! Go for a walk with your siblings or parents or cousins or in-laws or nieces and nephews. It’s a great way to keep moving and a great way to have meaningful conversations with your loved ones! Here is a little inspiration for those 30 minutes a day:
  4. Laugh Lots!: Laughter really is the best medicine. It’s a great stress reliever, and boy do we ever need one at this time of year. So either rent a good comedy or bring up old embarrassing stories of one another and get laughing. You might even get a good ab workout from it J
  5. Relax and Enjoy: Many of us work our buns off so that we can enjoy time off with the families this time of year. Some of us have worked really hard to ensure that our families have a great holiday meal, presents and the like. Overall, we lead stressful lives, and this time of year is no exception. Be kind to your mind and body by taking some time to rest, relax and enjoy the season. Do some yoga, take a nap or listen to soothing music. Whatever works for you!

If you’re happy, rested and relaxed, you’ll be able to stick with your healthy, active lifestyle forever!


These are a few of my fave fitness gifts to give…

Have a health conscience person on your Christmas list this year? Not to worry, there are some wonderful gifts you can purchase for your loved ones that range from inexpensive to pricey. Each one shows that you understand their commitment to their health and are happy to support it!

Here are some that I have given in the past and HIGHLY recommend:

  1. Resistance Bands: You can buy these bands in most fitness/sport stores but also in stores such as Walmart or Canadian tire. The bands can be used for in home strength training and provide an excellent workout if done correctly. You can buy a little book with exercise descriptions to go along with it, or search online for some good exercises and print a few pages off to create a customized booklet.
  2. Sarah Powers Yoga: I love my yoga, especially after a long, hard day. But I use yoga to relax and revitalize, whereas some use it as they’re primary workout. The Sarah Powers DVD ( gives you two easy and two hard yoga workouts that focus on functional fitness and mind-body wellness. She is amazing, and I highly recommend her DVD to people of all fitness levels.
  3. Nordic Walking Poles: Nordic poles are a great way to increase the intensity of your regular walk. If you know someone who is trying to lose weight, has diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or is at a high risk for any of these conditions, a pair of Nordic Poles could really change their life. The poles incorporate upper body muscles and when done properly, Nordic pole walking can increase the number of calories burned during a walk and increase your aerobic fitness levels quite dramatically! Here is a website for an inexpensive but high quality pair of poles:
  4. Lifestyle and Fitness Consultation: If you know someone who needs to start exercising but is at a loss of where and how to begin, consider purchasing them a couple of sessions with a qualified exercise professional such as myself.  Sessions can involve fitness assessments, lifestyle consultations and one-on-one exercise sessions. Be sure to look for someone with the right certifications and qualifications for the job!  (Certified Personal Trainer or Certified Exercise Physiologist in Canada).
  5. Gym Membership: Depending on your budget, purchase a gym membership for a loved one for a few months or the whole year. This is particularly a great idea if you are already a member at the gym so that two of you can provide each other with the support and motivation required to maintain a healthy active lifestyle forever!