By Sue Schick
CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Pennsylvania & Delaware
The holidays can be filled with joy as you spend time with loved ones, eat good food, and observe longstanding traditions. But these activities may also be exhausting!
It’s important to find ways to recharge your batteries.
Here are some helpful hints that can help keep you energized:
• Walk in a winter wonderland. Exercising every day will help you sleep better, making you feel fit and full of pep!
• Don’t fast and feast. Try to refuel with small meals every three to four hours while you’re awake. Fasting before a holiday meal may lead to overeating, so consider having a light snack beforehand.
• Take it easy with the sugarplums. You don’t have to skip holiday desserts, but try to keep your fat and sugar intake low. Fill up on fruits, veggies, and whole grains, and be sure to start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
• Enjoy your nightly hibernation. Try to sleep on a regular schedule. Don’t eat for two to three hours before bedtime. Also, limit caffeine and alcohol, which interfere with sleep.
These recommendations can keep you feeling great through the holidays, while helping you maintain your good health. Learn more.