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Happy and Healthy Holidays with Super Troopers!

3 December 2018
It can be real challenge to keep healthy over Christmas. The cold weather and short days make it hard to motivate yourself to exercise, you have delicious food filling your belly non-stop, and the rush of buying presents and meeting up with family and friends means you can get barely any time to yourself. That’s why we’ve put together a few top tips to keep you and your family in healthy habits this holiday season!
Every little helps

It’s easy to make grand plans of fitting an exercise regime into your schedule, whether it’s taking up running, going for evening swims, or starting yoga classes. But the second you get home in the evenings, the temptation is often just too strong to bundle up warm and not leave again until the next day. That’s why it’s far easier to fit exercise into things you already do, than to set time aside for a whole new activity.

If you don’t already, why not try walking to school or work? Getting your body moving is a great way to wake up your mind on those slow winter mornings and prepare you for the day ahead. If it’s too far to walk, you could try driving or getting public transport part of the way, and walking the rest, or give cycling a go. You can get your kids excited for the morning walk by making up some simple games to play along the way. You could also try keeping a chart where you mark in each day your family goes for a walk in the morning. For every day you fit in a walk, you mark off a square, and once you hit a milestone (5 walks, 10 walks, 20 walks, etc) your Super Troopers earn a reward.

Healthier options

Our healthy eating habits tend to slip around the holiday season – to save yourself the trouble of getting yourself back in the swing of things once January rolls around, why not commit to making this winter a nutritious one? Just remember – there’s no harm in treating yourself every now and then, as long as it’s part of a balanced diet. Over the holidays, we can often find ourselves snacking on unhealthy foods without realising it. Instead of trying to resist the urge to snack throughout the day, you can make sure that when you do, you’re snacking on healthy foods.

Keeping a bowl of fruit or nuts close by can help remind you of your goals, and prevent you from loading up on snack foods that aren’t very good for you. This also means that when you make the conscious decision to have a treat, you can do so mindfully and enjoy it a lot more. Next time you go grocery shopping with your little ones, have them pick out some fruit snacks for the week ahead. Kids are more likely to eat food they’ve picked out themselves, and keeping it out in the open will make it really easy for them to grab a quick bite if they’re peckish between meals.

Mindful minutes

For parents, especially with young kids, the holidays can be super rewarding, but often super stressful too! You might find it difficult to focus on what’s really important this Christmas between everything else that’s grabbing your attention. It can be really useful to take a few minutes at the end of the day to decompress, process your thoughts and emotions, and prepare yourself for the next day. You can also use this as an opportunity to spend some time together as a family.

One simple thing you can do is sit down together and think about the following questions. You can write down or draw your answers, discuss them out loud, or just think about them quietly – whatever works best for your family!

  • Something that made me happy today was…
  • Tomorrow, I am excited for…
  • This week, I am going to try to…

It might feel strange at first, but making a habit of doing this each night is a great way to keep in touch with your thoughts and will help your children learn about emotional regulation and how their mind works.

The holidays are a really exciting time for families – we hope these top tips help you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday season! Don’t forget to check out the Super Troopers website, www.supertroopers.ie, for more holiday activities you can do as a family, and let us know how you get on by emailing us at supertroopers@realnation.ie!

Merry Christmas from Super Troopers with laya healthcare!

Friday tip Stick to your 5 a day

Friday tip

Stick to your 5 a day

During the winter months, it’s important to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. So add them on to your usual meals.