Shopping can be exhausting and stressful when it’s crowded, you don’t know what to buy, and you are on a budget—a prime set-up for indulging in unhealthy treats. It can also be an opportunity to practice healthy habits.
- Wear a pedometer and keep track of your steps. Shoot for at least 10,000 steps a day. Hit your goal by doing at least some of your shopping at stores rather than online.
- Don’t skip meals and take a healthy snack or two with you; being famished makes it harder to resist mall indulgences. A portion of almonds or a protein bar work great for this circumstance.
- Keep shopping stress to a minimum by making a list, not waiting until the last minute, keeping it simple and buying items on sale.
- Consider gifts that help others to live a healthy lifestyle–a yoga mat, an olive oil sprayer or mister, a massage gift certificate, a fruit basket, a pedometer, a subscription to a health magazine, or other health-inspiring gifts.