7 Surefire Ways to Beat Holiday Hibernation

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Before attending your company holiday party last night, where you knew you’d eat and drink a few too many festive treats, you vowed to wake up early today and sweat off your transgressions with a killer workout.

Except now, all you want to do is cozy up on the couch in your jammies with a blanket, a mug of hot cocoa and an entire season of your favorite TV show. Uh oh — the slippery slope of winter hibernation has officially begun!

“Self-care is important all year long, but it’s vital in a season of big dinners, traveling, office parties and stressful family situations,” says Karen Azeez, certified health coach and owner of Well Beings With Karen Azeez.

“These conditions are the very same ones that often keep people out of the gym or out of their exercise/meditation/self-care routines. In my experience, it’s so much easier to stay on track rather than repair the damage of a huge derailment.”

So if your calendar is full of nonstop fun and festivities this season, Azeez says these seven simple strategies will stave off a world of hurt and get you through the winter fit and happy:

Step into the light. 

As human beings, we will always need sunlight and exercise no matter how cold and dreary it is outdoors. Not only do our bodies need vitamin D from sunlight to keep our immune system and bones strong, but getting a dose of morning light also helps keep our internal clock in order (so that we feel awake during the day and sleepy at bedtime). So no matter how difficult, strive to get out into the morning light for at least 10 or 20 minutes a day. Make a morning walk pact with a friend or stroll part of the way to work. And remember, you can still enjoy outdoor sports (skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing). Just layer up and get out there.

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