Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Staying Healthy Through the Holidays

Physical therapy isn’t all about stretches and exercises. It’s also about living a more healthy and productive lifestyle overall. The holidays are upon us and with them come all the joy of seeing family and friends, but there are also fattening foods, cold weather, and seasonal illnesses like the flu. Getting the most out of the holiday season and working to maintain your health is easy by following some simple guidelines.

 

The first thing to do is prepare for travel. Between the different celebrations, you will no doubt be spending some time away from home. Be sure to work with your therapist to develop and master simple stretches and exercises that can be done while you’re away. This will help to make sure that your first visit when back home isn’t too strenuous.

 

Another important thing to remember is to watch out for germs. This time of year cold and flu virus germs are rampant. Be sure to carry hand sanitizer with you while you’re shopping or out and about to protect yourself. There’s no need to go under quarantine, but keeping an extra eye out for potential areas where you might get sick could save you a lot of time and hassle in the end.

 

Between those big holiday dinners find time to practice some basic exercises, even as simple as walking. With the cold weather outside, it can be easy to let this slip, but finding even a little bit of time to spend on the treadmill everyday could help make a major difference and let you enjoy indulging in delicious holiday treats all the more.

 

Lastly, the holidays can be a stressful time between family obligations, searching for presents, and cooking. Take time for yourself, perhaps by even getting a massage to make sure that you are ready to have the best time possible. If you work with a physical therapist on mobility issues, be sure to discuss with them any added stresses like big meals or playing with kids that are sure to be coming your way soon and how to best prepare for them. healthyliving

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