Every year we make a New Year’s resolution. This year, why wait until January 1st to think about your health and wellbeing. During the holiday season there are many opportunities to neglect ourselves but there are ways we can combat the holidays and stay on track. A major concern for many people is the weight gain that seems to be associated with the holidays. There are ways to enjoy all of the get-togethers and not throw away any of your health goals. A major obstacle is all of the delicious, but maybe not so healthy, treats that seem to pop up everywhere. One way to counteract the extra calories is to make sure you bring a healthy dish to pass to gatherings. That way you can be assured that there will be at least one healthy option. Also it is important to resist the urge to overeat. Try setting a goal for yourself and sticking with it. If your goal is to have one plate of food and one dessert, stick with it no matter how amazing and delicious people say it all is, resist the urge to try just a bite of everything. I feel it is also important to not deprive yourself of your favorite treats. If you have waited all year for your Grandma’s homemade apple pie then go ahead and have a piece. As long as you stop at the one piece, you can indulge in your favorites without the guilt associated with over doing it. The holidays can be a very hectic time and it can be easy to neglect your personal fitness. Instead of letting yourself get completely off track, try your best to maintain your regular fitness routine. There may be days when you are not able to get to the gym or get in that run. Don’t beat yourself up about it. It is best to get back on track the next day in order to avoid the downward spiral that makes it difficult to regain motivation. The most important thing is to move every day. Try including your loved ones in your physical activity. Go for a nice walk, or go ice skating or sledding with the family. This way you can still maintain your fitness goals plus you get the added benefit of spending time with friends and family. To combat the added stress that will inevitably come along with the holiday season, it is important to remember to take care of yourself. Scheduling yourself a massage is a great way to unwind and de-stress. Visiting your chiropractor can not only help you de-stress, but it can also help boost your immune system which will help protect you from the many bugs that seem to make an appearance this time of the year. Making some time to take care of yourself can definitely pay off in the long run, keeping you well enough to enjoy your friends and family. There is nothing magical about the date January 1. So this year, make a point of not waiting for the New Year to begin taking care of you.