As the holiday season approaches, our days are filled with festivities, family gatherings and fun as well as lots of activities that may unintentionally impact our well-being. Whether this be climbing ladders to put lights up, wrapping lots of gifts hunched over or jumping on the kids new trampoline. We put our body through a lot of different things during Christmas time.
While we want you to get out there and enjoy this time to the absolute fullest we also want you to keep moving and feeling well this holiday period. By embracing certain practices and mindful choices it contributes to a Christmas filled not only with cheer but also with well-being.
Here we share our 6 top Chiropractic tips to help you move well, be well and help your overall health during this joyous time of the year.
1. Maintain Good Posture:
Whether you’re sitting at the dinner table, wrapping presents, or watching holiday movies, pay attention to your posture. Slouching does nothing for the body and can leave you feeling stiff and sore in no time.
Be mindful to sit up straight and keep your shoulders back. The best way to do this is to think of the chest up and out. By avoiding slouching you will reduce strain on your spine.
Ignoring these imbalances may exacerbate the problem, leading to pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion.
2. Stay Active:
Christmas often involves extended periods of sitting, whether it’s during meals, traveling, or at family gatherings. This isn’t just on Christmas day but around the whole Christmas period. We tend to sit around a lot more than usual.
Make an effort through long periods of sitting to incorporate short breaks for stretching or walking to keep your muscles and joints mobile.
We find it’s a great time of year to try different types of exercise such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or even yoga. That extra time off work means you should be able to find some time in your day to do some type of movement.
3. Lift with Care:
If you’re involved in holiday preparations that require lifting, be mindful of your lifting technique. Bend your knees and lift with your legs, not your back, to avoid unnecessary strain.
4. Keep up the water intake:
This is definitely not the time of year to drop the ball on your water intake. Most of us enjoy the summer holidays in the sun so its more important to be drinking enough water.
Try and keep a bottle with you at all times so that you don’t get to the end of the day and realise you have not drunk any at all (and no tea and coffee don’t count!).
5. Eat Well:
Proper nutrition is essential for maintaining overall health, including the health of your musculoskeletal system. While we are all for enjoying the food this festive season try and make sure you include some good stuff on your plate. Think an extra serve of salad, or a piece of fruit instead of that second serving of pavlova.
A lot of us can also get caught up in the constant nibbling habit over the Christmas period. So be mindful of the grazing that you’re doing and as much as possible try to stick to your main meals and a couple of snacks.
6. Get Adequate Sleep:
The holiday season can be busy and filled with late nights, but don’t compromise on sleep. Sufficient sleep is crucial for overall well-being, and it plays a significant role in maintaining a healthy spine.
And lastly but certainly not least keep yourself pain-free with Chiropractic care. Whether you are a long-term client or a potential first-time Chiropractic patient, Chiropractic is an amazing way to keep your body pain free and moving well during the holidays.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!