The holidays can be especially hard and taxing on our bodies. We are typically being more active than normal, and changing up our healthy routines that we try and maintain year round. During the holiday season, we are running our bodies to the max, which can lead to physical discomfort and injury, stress and even depression. With a few pointers, you can remain healthy and strong this holiday season.
You’re walking more while you shop for food and gifts, standing in long lines, sitting in holiday traffic, and probably eating on the run. It’s important to note your body’s strengths and limitations so you can take better care of yourself. Register what food you are eating, what extra activities you are performing and plan accordingly.
This is of utmost importance. Lack of hydration can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, impaired concentration and a host of other disorders. Drink as much water as possible, and when out and about, drink even more than ever, as you will be losing water due to running around. Bear in mind that coffee, tea, sodas and alcohol are huge dehydrators. For each alcoholic beverage you consume, make sure to pair it with a large glass of water.
Start your day off with a series of stretches. Get your body warmed up and limber before a long day of activities. When you are stressed out, your muscles become less flexible, so avoid painful pulled muscles and cramps or stiff muscles from holding the same positions for too long by stretching before and after you head out for holiday shopping or games. If you do start to feel some pain, apply an ice-pack to the affected area for 20 minutes, then remove it for a couple of hours. This should help to nip pain in the bud!
Eat Balanced Meals
It is vital to ensure that your body is receiving the correct balance of nutrients and vitamins during this holiday period. Your body needs all the nourishment it can get to keep your immune system strong and ward off flu’s and colds and keep you strong and healthy. Plan to have healthy snacks such as fresh fruits and veggies and a homemade trail mix on hand to keep energy levels high.
Follow these tips and speak to your chiropractor should you find yourself with any holiday related injuries. Carrying heavy shopping bags, extra walking, or sitting for long stretches can all take their toll on your body, but chiropractic care can help to get your body realigned and back on rack, ready to enjoy the rest of the holidays!
Always consult your primary care physician for all your health related advice.
Story credit: American Chiropractic Association.
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