The holiday season is upon us! This means gatherings with friends and family, favorite recipes on the table, and lots of running around. While many find it to be one of the best times of year, it is important to make your health a priority. The holiday season is a two month span in which many people fall completely out of their normal routine. Don’t let this happen to you! From staying active and seeing a physical therapist in Torrington, WY and all our other locations, to eating delicious foods in moderation and reducing stress, there is much you can do to make this year’s holiday a success.
Staying Active and Physical Therapy
While you might be running around to different events for the holidays, according to the American Heart Association recommendations for physical activity in adults
, you need to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This is especially important during the holidays as people tend to overeat and indulge. If you find that your days are busy, find alternative ways to get in your exercise. For instance, if you are shopping, take a few extra laps around the mall or store you are in. Also, opt to take the stairs as opposed to an elevator. Break up exercising throughout the day too and do 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. The holidays can be strenuous on your body though, and it is important to maintain proper posture and remind yourself how to lift heavy objects. A great gift you can treat yourself to this season is seeing a local physical therapist. Even if you do not have any issues, it is important to know top tips for managing body pain in cold weather with physical therapy
Food and Moderation
During the holidays, did you know that the average American consumes more than 4,500 calories during some meals!? This is astounding! A normal amount to avoid weight gain is 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day, depending on your gender and body type. Don’t feel as though you have to restrict yourself completely, but keep in mind to eat in moderation. A great way to do this is by finding healthier recipe swaps for some of your favorite recipes.
The holidays are a great time to spend quality time with friends and family, and get out of your day-to-day routine. However, they can also be stressful. Try using meditation or breathing techniques as your go-to when feeling overwhelmed. Also, don’t forget to take breaks during the hustle and bustle. You do not have to feel guilty for setting aside time for yourself and saying “no” to activities and get-togethers you do not have time for. Many become stressed about money during the holidays, so be sure you set a budget and stick to it! It will help you when making plans, and give you an idea of what you can spend beforehand—so you are not panicking the next day when you check your account balance.
To help you get through the holiday season, schedule your visit to North Platte Physical Therapy. As your premier, physical therapist with locations in Wyoming and Nebraska, you are sure to find a place near you to help. Learn what you will need for your first day of therapy
and contact us today to schedule an appointment