The holiday season is kicking in really fast, and considering the immense exciting moments it comes with most of us have already made plans for it. Maybe you’ll be spending it with family or you intend to go on a vacation. Perhaps you want something different this time around and you’ll be attending concerts or events for the holiday. Whichever plans you have for the holiday season, nothing is more important than your health, safety, and wellbeing.
Without saying much about things we already know, here are the secrets to staying in tip-top condition during the holiday season.
Arm yourself with the appropriate holiday wear
Although temperatures can be extremely during the holiday season, we all love Christmas and the tidings it comes with. To ensure you get the most out of the few days of the festive season, you’ll want to keep your body warm by wearing the appropriate clothing. And your outfit doesn’t to be that heavy to avoid winter health risks. You can go for light layers, sweaters, and coats that keep you warm, as well as scarves, hats, and gloves. Do not forget to get some waterproof boots as well, especially if you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors.
Aside from that, ensure you keep tabs with weather updates while staying mindful of road conditions, especially if you’ll be traveling or driving to areas where it’s winter.
Get your meds and supplements in advance
During the holiday season, it is not uncommon for most businesses to put up the “closed” sign. This means that if you’re on regular medication or supplements, there’s a high risk of skipping doses in case your supply runs out. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure you have enough to last you the entire holiday season.
If you’re on a supplement regimen that requires you don’t even have to stress yourself out packing supplement bottles. You can go for the patch form of your supplements. Barry from Patch MD says that patch supplements are not only perfect for travel, but there are also easily absorbed through the skin and have increased bioavailability compared to pills and powders. This is because they bypass the digestive system, meaning that you actually need a lesser amount of the active supplement for the desired effect. What’s more, the best patch supplements are natural, calorie-free, and can be worn comfortably for up to 8 hours to keep you in tip-top condition.
Watch out for the germs
The holidays are when most people gather together to catch up, bond and have a good time with their family and friends. And there’s no festivities without some good food… lots of it. But sadly, it also creates an environment where germs and foodborne illnesses can spread really fast. This makes it important to observe proper hygiene, wash your hands regularly thoroughly, keep utensils clean, and store your food properly. You may also want to get your flu shot before the holiday season or you catch one and it ends up ruining the entire experience for you. The last thing you want is to have to spend the entire holiday season indoors recovering from a nasty cold or flu.
Don’t drive drunk
Let’s be honest here… a little alcohol works wonders in parties and gatherings during the festive season. After all, it’s time to get together and have fun with your loved ones. But one of the biggest mistakes many people make is to try and drive themselves home or to other places when they’ve had a little too much to drink. As much as confidence levels could be high when you’re a bit high, it only puts you and other road users at risk. If you know you’re going to indulge in alcohol with your loved ones, it’s best to have a designated driver or hire a cab instead of driving while drunk. As a matter of fact, it’s best to avoid taking too much of the bitter drink or drop it completely if you can.
Don’t ditch your workout routine
With all the activities and excitement, it can be tricky to find time for your workouts during the holiday season. Depending on where you’re going, you may not even have access to a gym or your home gym equipment. But you don’t have to sideline your workouts completely until the festivities are over. Biomedical Science researcher Kate Anderton says that just walking to a park outdoors could be all enough, plus there are lots of flexibility, meditation, yoga, and bodyweight workout videos you can find online to help you out.
Watch what you eat
As earlier mentioned, food and the holiday season are inseparable. You’ll obviously come across dozens of mouthwatering treats that can tempt you enough to backslide on your diet routine. You call it a cheat day, but not so much if it’s a few days of holiday and you’re always indulging. To avoid putting on holiday and stay healthy, it’s best to remain vigilant of what and how much of it you’re partaking.
To help you out, here are a few tips for you:
- Avoid large meal portions
- Get more of veggies and fruits
- Make a decision on what you’ll eat before getting to the dining area
- Give your gut at least 30 minutes after a meal before deciding to get another serving
- Stay active
Dehydration is a common risk during the festive season, considering the many activities involved. We can spend all day talking about the benefits of water, without covering a considerable fraction of the topic. From packing to traveling, dancing, alcohol, wrapping gifts, unwrapping gifts, and much more, all this can put a toll on your body, thus disrupting your fluid balance as well as other body functions. When this happens, fatigue and other health effects could kick in, and you don’t want this getting in the way of your perfect holiday experience. Do your body good and stay hydrated while minimizing high-calorie drinks. To avoid hangovers, alcoholic drinks will have a lesser impact on you when taken with glasses of water in between cocktails.
The holiday season is something most people look forward to, almost all year long. Some even start making preparations a few months earlier, and they pat themselves on the back afterward. The above are just a few tips to stay in tip-top condition throughout the holiday.