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Staying healthy this Christmas

We’ve been building up to it all year… And now Christmas is finally here! Neat, that rhymes! This month we’re giving you some awesome tips on keeping yourself healthy over the Christmas period. We all know how easy it is to eat and drink too much and move too little when the treats come a’ calling! Try some of these handy hints when you find yourself overindulging this silly season:

Be a hydration station:

As the sun and your social calendar begin to heat up, there’ll be plenty of occasions where you might find it tempting to have that extra beer or glass of wine with your friends. It’s always good to have nice drink and a catch up, but everything is healthier in moderation. Combine alcohol with lots of sunshine and you are destined for heatstroke. Make sure you stay hydrated this holiday period to avoid any unwanted illness. Try breaking the alcoholic beverages up with a refreshing glass of water or fruit juice when you are at your Christmas party this year.

Don’t overload on sugar:

With Christmas comes an exorbitant amount of lollies, cakes, chocolate and other sugary treats hitting the supermarket shelves. We like a gummy bear and a mince pie as much as the next, but to avoid getting hit with endless sugar highs (and the lows that follow), make sure you get plenty of nutritious food into your diet every day. Fruit and vegetables will provide you with heaps of essential vitamins, minerals and fibre needed to keep you functioning well. Why not try some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate rather than the milk or white alternatives? Yum!

Don’t burn the candle at both ends: I

t’s easy to get carried away over Christmas with social events and work parties. There are so many people to see and catch up with, that sometimes we sacrifice some of our sleeping hours for party hours. This is okay occasionally, but try to keep it to a minimum. Our bodies won’t make allowances just because it is Christmas. In order to steer clear of illness, keep yourself working and able to attend those social events, you’ll need to pamper yourself with plenty of sleep. Get those Zzz’s in!

Take time away from the hustle and bustle:

In between all the craziness of Santa coming, make sure you give yourself time to breathe, relax and recuperate from what has probably been a very busy year. Read a book, try some meditation or attend a local yoga or aqua-aerobics class. Your body and mind will thank you for it, and come New Year, you’ll be ready for the year ahead.

Do a good deed for those less fortunate:

This is by no means a must, but Christmastime is a very lonely time for many people. Think about those without family, a roof over their head, or little money to enjoy the festive period like some may be able to. There are many ways to help out... You could donate to a food bank or charity or volunteer your time at a shelter. It all helps. Remember to smile and be kind when out in the community. You never know when someone is having a bad day. Your smiling face may be just what they need to turn their day around. Good deeds don’t have to cost anything, and they will make you feel awesome. Win-win for the world!

Give these a go and we’re sure you will have the healthiest, happiest Christmas of all.

Come January you’ll be feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world (and continue to spread joy of course) for another year!

Have a great Christmas and we’ll see you in 2020. Tis the season to be jolly, tra-la-la-la laaa, la-la la la!

From the Osteo4Health Preston Crew...

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