Last week we told you to avoid five bad health habits that many people fall victim to in the fall and winter months. Here are five more to watch out for so that you can enjoy the holiday season as healthy as possible.
Withdrawing from Social Activities. As soon as Halloween hits, it seems like there is a party or get together every week. It is easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the social activities. However, do not make the mistake of withdrawing from social activities all together. If you are not a party person, that is fine. Turn down party invites, but set up one on one coffee dates with good friends instead. Another good solution is to show up for a party, chitchat for an hour or two, and then head home. This way you don’t offend the host/hostess, and you benefit from the social interaction.
You Are Enjoying Too Much Comfort Food. The fall season and holidays are jam-packed with comfort food, from your Aunt’s amazing macaroni and cheese casserole to the delicious cheesecake dessert. Save the comfort food for the actual holiday itself. Eating a huge helping of your favorite casserole on Thanksgiving or Christmas will not harm your health or weight loss efforts. However, having some of that casserole every day until it is gone after the holiday, plus leftover cookies and treats, is overdoing it. Enjoy your favorites on the special day and just say no to leftovers!
Skipping Out on Exercise. The fall and winter season brings out two problems for exercisers. One, it is too cold to get motivated, and two, you get so busy. Try at-home DVD workouts that allow you to work up a sweat without leaving the house. You can fit this exercise in to small openings of your day. Another thing to get you motivated to exercise is to do warmer workouts, such as hot yoga or water aerobics in a heated pool.
Not Protecting Yourself from Sickness. As soon as the weather plummets into a colder temperature, people will be more likely to get sick. Start protecting yourself early by taking vitamins and getting enough sleep. Elderberry syrup is an easy way to boost your immune system and fight off colds. You can take it every day for prevention and treatment of colds. Don’t wait until you get sick to start upping your vitamins and immunity-boosting supplements.
Not Preventing SAD. Seasonal Affective Disorder affects several people during the fall and winter months. If you are prone to depression during the winter, see your doctor now. They can help you prevent the symptoms before winter comes.
Just because the fall and winter seasons are packed with parties and holidays, it does not mean that you have to let your health fall by the wayside. Keep these tips in mind as you enjoy the holiday season so that you can start the New Year off healthier than ever.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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