Posts Tagged 'holiday'

Healthy you, happy 4th

Happy 4th of July to everyone! I hope you are all planning to spend some quality time with loved ones today. As we spend today celebrating our independence day, we must keep wellness in mind, just like any other day. It’s a great day to get in some exercise or spend some time cooking a delicious, healthy meal for the holiday. The weather is supposed to be beautiful all day today here in Milwaukee, so make sure to enjoy it!

When it comes to holidays, it’s normally a lot harder to keep ourselves active and well since there always seems to be tons of unhealthy food around and plenty of excuses to put off exercise until later. But I encourage you to instead use those very reasons as motivators to get up, get in some exercise, and take pride in eating something healthy. Do something for the wellness of your mind and body. If you have some extra free time on your hands, that’s exactly why you should do something good for you.

Since you may already be spending time with family and friends, you can easily make it into a fun group activity. If you want to do something fun and active, get in a bike ride or a swim, or pick up a ball and toss it around for a game of catch. If you just want to relax, do some yoga and mindful meditation. You’ll feel more relaxed and rejuvenated afterwards. Cooking or putting together a healthy snack can even be a relaxing activity, and you get to fuel your body with plenty of vitamins and nutrients at the same time. Berries are a healthy, delicious, and easy snack to make into a 4th of July themed appetizer, but there are an endless amount of options for eating something healthy. 

Most of all, it’s good to keep a positive attitude and know that just because it’s a holiday, that’s no reason to forget about taking care of your health and well-being. 

Wishing you a safe and healthy 4th of July!

Alicia Diedrich

Holiday hacks to make your season healthier

With the holiday season fast approaching, many of us have our stress levels at an all-time high. Whether its worrying about travel, gift buying, or hosting gatherings, there is a lot to get done. Even though this time of year is full of fun, it is especially important to keep in mind your health and wellness goals. I have compiled a few great tips to improve wellness over the holidays, check them out:

Don’t Travel with Snacks

​My family loves packing a cooler full of snacks for the car when we are heading up north for the holidays. It’s very hard to resist the potato chips and candy when you are sitting 3 feet away from them for 5 hours! Leave the snacks at home!


Eat a meal before THE meal

​Most people like to skip breakfast when they know a big hearty meal is coming later in the day. All this does is encourage overeating and unnecessary snacking. This is a very bad habit to get into and can become a very negative family tradition.


Set a Budget

If you are responsible for gift buying, meal planning, or booking flights; stick to a predetermined budget! It is very easy to overspend if you don’t have a predetermined plan. Sit down with family and decided how much money should be spent.


Plan activities away from the dinner table

A lot of my families’ traditions involve foods or drinks. Try to plan a few things that are either outdoors or involve walking! A trip to the mall for last minute gift shopping, waking around the local park to look at the lights, or anything else that forces you to get up and walk around is perfect.


Join the Gym

So many people try and join a gym or start an exercise program after New Years. I would suggest, if this is a goal of yours, to start exercising before January 1st. The sooner you can start to make exercise a routine that you follow, the better. If you decide to wait until New years and then try and exercise every day, you will experience burn out.

There are plenty of ways to stay sane and well during the holidays, you just need to find out what works best for you! Hopefully you all have a great holiday season and a very happy new year.

-Ben Eccles 

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