Whether you’re a fitness fanatic or foodie (…or both!), the holidays can present some inherent challenges. From an overall health and wellness perspective, the holidays and all related festivities can displace one’s daily routine.

Larger portion sizes during holiday dinners and frequent fast food breaks along road trips can pack on extra calories to one’s daily intake. Moreover, time spent away from the gym and in close proximity to others can increase one’s likelihood of contracting an airborne virus. Yuck!

Still, there are steps that can be taken to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the holidays. Our team at DriveTheNation.com has compiled a few ideas to keep you and your family healthy this holiday season:

Drink Plenty of Fluids

…and no, we don’t mean alcohol! Water is the preferred beverage choice to ensure proper hydration and it can also serve as a healthy substitute for other holiday cocktails. Adequate hydration can also help eliminate headaches and other bothersome health issues.

Choose Wisely

When filling your plate this holiday, opt for healthy options as frequently as possible. Consider the portion size when selecting less healthy food choices and opt for a mint as an alternative to an extra slice of pie.

Wash Your Hands

When it comes to maintaining overall health, doctors unanimously agree proper hand washing is the best and most effective way to fight off germs and other illnesses. Wash your hands often with soap and warm water, lathering fully for at least 15 seconds every time.

Snack Less

During holiday festivities, stand more than an arm’s length away from munchies. While the bowl of nuts or chips across the room might seem appealing, you will be less tempted to grab a handful if the bowl itself is harder to reach.

Get Active

If you’re traveling to a family reunion this year, be sure to pack both warm and cold-weather clothes, in addition to a pair of sneakers. Avoid remaining sedentary for extended periods of time and stretch as much as possible. Get the whole family involved! Consider proposing a family walk instead of a movie after dinner.

Do you have any tips for a healthy holiday to add to the list? We would love to hear from you! Share your ideas in the comment section below.