At this time of year, there seems to be a never ending supply of snacks and treats available to overindulge on. But while we all like to treat ourselves over Christmas, there is no need to risk our health in the process.
Here our Fareham chiropractor has some top tips to ensure you stay healthy while still enjoying the festive season:
1) Keep active
Yes, it’s tempting to slouch down on the sofa and spend the entire holidays watching all those TV specials and movies, but it’s important to remain active! A brief walk shortly after eating is a quick way to burn some calories and keep your spine healthy in the process. If the kids have had outdoor gifts such as bikes or scooters, get them to join you too!
2) Skip the shop treats
Christmas comes with lots of opportunities to overeat, so take the time to consider what to enjoy and what to give a miss. Do you really need to buy those mince pies or could you whip up some healthier, homemade versions? There are ways you can enjoy Christmas treats and stay healthy!
3) Beat back the common cold
Colds are common during the winter months and we’re all bound to come into contact with a germ or two. But despite what people think, catching a cold isn’t inevitable over the festive period. You can help your body to fight off viruses by staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and following simple hygiene practices. Making sure you keep your immune system healthy is also important, and while an apple a day may keep the doctor away, broth-based soups, hot teas and citrus foods can all help give your body the boost it needs to battle away those infections!
4) Drink sensibly
Most of us like a tipple or two (or three) at Christmas; but the trick is not to overdo it! Apart from giving you those dreaded hangovers, festive drinks such as mulled wine, sugary cocktails, hot chocolate and brandy are packed with calories that can lead you to easily go over your daily allowance. So if you’re watching what you eat over the Christmas period, you’ll want to keep an eye on what gets poured into your glass too. Try to keep your alcoholic intake to a minimum and remember to alternate your boozy drinks with water.
Christmas is much more fun when you’re in good health!