4 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Holiday Season

Posted by Shailendra Verma on Dec 24, 2017

Holidays are typically the time when people pay less attention to their fitness regimen and nutritional needs. Everyone is so deeply immersed in the busyness of the season that skipping workouts and cheating on meal plans becomes more prevalent. Accidents and injuries also surge during the holidays.

Studies show that people seek urgent and emergency care most during the holiday season.

With sudden and unhealthy lifestyle changes, the likelihood of flu, cold, injuries, and digestive problems increase. Without a doubt, these conditions have adverse impacts on your during- and after-holiday activities. Here are a few best practices that will help you enjoy healthy and happy holidays:

1. Avoiding Injuries
Christmas trees, lights, and space heaters pose an extra safety risk. Thoroughly inspect extension cords prior to use. Check your fire, smoke, and CO2 monitors to ensure they're working properly. Many household tools are used once every year for holiday decorations. Check them for repairs or needed service before utilization. When venturing outdoors, pay attention to the temperature and wind chills. Keep yourself covered with several layers of warm, loose clothing to avoid frostbite, hypothermia, trench foot, and chilblains. Be merry, but limit alcohol intake, and never drive under the influence.

2. Get vaccinated
The flu season coincides with the holidays and exposure is almost inevitable. Protect yourself and your family by getting a flu shot. Additionally, make sure to wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of any germs you've contracted.

3. Take Time for Yourself
Shopping, visiting family, travelling, are part of the season but make "me time" a priority. It will help you reset, re-center, and ensure that you don't get "run down" which depletes your immune system and can make you more susceptible to sickness. Make provisions for workouts. Shorter or fewer sets are okay if you're running short on time, or replace your workout with a walk around the neighborhood or the mall. Some type of physical activity is important, no matter what day it is.

4. Dodge Digestive Problems
Digestive issues include heartburn, bloating, diarrhea, stomach pain, stomach cramps, and gas. You can avoid these uncomfortable conditions by eating mindfully, focusing on healthy foods, and keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking water and eating smaller meals more frequently will help keep your stomach healthy. In the event that you experience a need for medical attention during the holidays, visit Gunter Medical Center. We also have flu shots in stock - no appointment necessary!

Happy Holidays!