Our guide to Maintaining optimal wellness during the holidays is perfect for this busy time of the year. Whether you are traveling, working, shopping or volunteering, making an active choice to be healthy is the ultimate goal.
Choose Optimal Wellness During The Holidays
Follow good health practices during the holidays and especially these times is very important. Make sure to wash your hands and pay attention to the surfaces and items you touch.
If you are sick or think you may be getting sick, take the day off. Limit contact with others and be considerate. Get plenty of rest and follow up with your family doctor if you do not get better.
Relax With A Massage During The Holidays
Regular massage by a professional improves postural dysfunction and improves blood flow. Massage therapy helps to work out problem areas such as the lower back, upper back, and chronic stiffness. In addition, massage reduces the pains and corrects the dysfunction in the body. Massage is also great for Strengthening the body’s immune system.
Hydrating During the Holidays
It is easy to get busy and forget to hydrate. It seems so simple but many of us get caught up in the rush and forget to consume the required amount of water daily. In addition, consuming the right amount of water along with fiber ensure proper digestion. Water dilutes waste and helps to eliminate toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, thereby preventing your GI tract from infection and inflammation. We tend to get off track with diet during the holidays. Big meals, desserts and treats are everywhere you turn. Sure it is ok to steer a little off track, just make sure to keep the water intake high.
Exercise for Optimal Wellness during the Holidays
Whether you are traveling or staying close to home for the holidays, exercise should be part of the routine. Make sure to have a plan and keep it with you. Make the most of the space you have and use equipment or body weight to maintain.
Tips For Holiday Wellness
Make it easy and choose a few exercises that work for you. Squats, lunges, push-ups, lumber jacks, etc.
If you are traveling bring some bands on the trip. Resistance bands travel well, and you can use them for quick strength exercises anywhere you go.
Walking is easy and you can do it anywhere. Inside or out, Movement is very important to mental and physical health.
Shopping For Wellness During The Holidays
Yes you read that right, shopping can be counted as exercise if done right. No, online does not count, but that is another topic. Think about it for a minute. When you shop you lift, you walk and the body is in constant motion. If it is an outdoor shopping center you will constantly be going outdoors and moving from store to store. If it is indoors you still walk and lift. Go at it with a positive mindset and that will make all of the difference. Who knew that buying gifts could be so much fun.
If you feel like the holidays are the hardest time of the year for you to maintain, you are not alone.
Use these tips to help you with the wellness goals you have. Make sure to enjoy the season, family, food and take it all in. The holidays are here and gone before we know it. Maintain what you work hard for all year long. Strive for optimal wellness and have a happy holiday season. Need help with a holiday wellness plan? Visit our website and book an appointment with Dr Bond.