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Tips for a Healthy Holiday

We encourage you to consider the following tips to help keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy and safe this season:

Treat Holiday Shopping as an Athletic Event

  • Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
  • Make sure the clothing you wear is as comfortable as possible. It’s a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
  • Leave your purse at home. Keep your belongings in a zippered-up coat pocket or in a light backpack, packing only items that are absolutely essential (driver’s license, credit card, etc.)
  • Ask for help if you’re purchasing an item that’s heavy, odd-shaped, or hard to reach. Be more patient, ask for help, and don’t try to do it yourself.

TIP:  During the holiday season, people run at absolute maximum capacity, which can lead to stress and even depression.  Staying active, stretching and staying hydrated can help increase our full capacity, to help us deal with the activities of the season.

Plan Frequent Breaks

  • During a day of heavy shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle may need to take a break every 20-30 minutes, while those who are physically active may get away with taking less frequent breaks.
  • If your mall or shopping center doesn’t offer lockers, try to plan trips to your car where you can drop off excess bags and continue shopping without the extra weight. Don’t carry around more than is absolutely necessary at one time.
  • When taking breaks, try to eat light foods. A salad and some fruit is a much better option than a burger and fries.

TIP: Eat better than normal during the holiday season.  Heart attacks occur more often during the holidays. Eating a heavy meal and then running out on an exhausting shopping trip can be very dangerous.

dhw-tips-for-a-healthy-holidayShopping With Children

  • If at all possible, do not bring children along on a holiday shopping trip. Most children simply do not have the stamina for such an event, and you and your child will only become frustrated with one another.  Don’t add this type of stress to an already stressful situation. Instead, try to split up “child duty” with a spouse or another parent.  They can watch your kids while you shop, and vice-versa.

TIP:  Shopping with children is difficult.  Hands are loaded with shopping bags, making you unable to hold your child’s hand, which could increase the chances he or she might wander away from you. Take whatever steps necessary to avoid bringing your child along.

 Wrapping Gifts

  • Since there is no “ideal” position for wrapping gifts, the most important thing to remember is to vary your positions. For example, try standing at a table or countertop for one package, sitting on a bed for another, and sitting in a comfortable chair for another, etc.
  • Do not wrap packages while sitting on the floor. Wrapping packages while sitting on a hard floor can wreak havoc on your posture, and should be avoided.

TIP:  And always remember to stretch before and after wrapping gifts. When wrapping presents, it’s a good idea to ‘stretch the opposites.  In other words, if leaning forward when wrapping gifts, stretch backward when you are done.