Health Tips For the Holidays

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As we all know, the Holiday season is upon us again. Along with the wondrous celebration and family time, this season also brings some stress, fatigue, colds, and lets face it; pounds! Here at Clayton Chiropractic Center, we strive to help keep our patients happy and healthy. We have compiled some tips to help keep you and yours healthy and happy so you can enjoy those precious moments with your loved ones.

 

  • Plan Ahead: This sounds simple enough, but having a schedule and a “To-Do” list can save you from undo stress and surprises that inevitably accompany the Holiday Season. We suggest that you make a list and STICK TO IT! Don’t wait until the last minute to get things done. This will help promote a stress-free Holiday and your immune system will thank you!
  • Keep Moving: We understand that once the cold weather hits, it is harder to find the motivation to get yourself active. A cozy blanket and some hot cocoa are far more appealing than fighting the elements on your after dinner walk. We suggest alternatives to outdoor activities: find a gym that works for you (and beat the New Years Resolutioners), bring a jump rope or workout DVD while traveling during the Holidays, incorporate movement into Holiday gatherings-Play games with the kids, bundle up and take that after dinner walk with the family, every little bit of motion helps
  • Avoid Hidden Calories: We all love our Pumpkin lattes, eggnog, and spiced apple cider; but are we considering the calories they contain? A Venti Pumpkin Spiced Latte from our beloved Starbucks contains 520 calories, 190 of those are from Fat alone. (Click Here To View Starbucks Calories) We suggest healthy alternatives such as Hot Tea, which still gives you the caffeine boost without sabotaging your diet as well as water, which is not only hydrating but also calorie free.
  • Be Careful Lifting: Holidays come with their hurdles, don’t add an injury to the list. Whether it is dragging decorations from the basement, hauling a tree from the top of the car to your living room, or pulling a 25-pound bird from the oven; lifting with your legs and avoiding pressure on your back will help you avoid injury during the Holidays. (Click here to view proper lifting form)
  • Proper Hygiene and Rest: Two of the most fundamental things you can do to help boost your immune system. Wash your hands, often and for the correct amount of time (if you doubt yourself, sing the “Alphabet Song” while lathering your hands). Avoid sneezing or coughing into your hands, use the crook of your elbow to shield these, your body and everyone around will thank you! Remember that rest is important, especially during the holiday season. Allowing for adequate sleep (8 hours for the average adult) every night will help keep your body and your immune system functioning at its peak. Remember that if you do succumb to illness it is important to wash your hands to avoid spreading germs, adequate rest for recovery, hydration, and vitamin C are all important for a full recovery.
  • Chiropractic Care: The Holiday season is a great time to start experiencing the benefits of Chiropractic care. With temperatures dropping people tend to start experiencing joint stiffness and back pain. Schedule an appointment with one of our Doctors today to see how you can benefit from Chiropractic care.

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