How to keep at your best this Holiday Season
What a fun time of year it is catching up and spending time with family and friends. Unfortunately though, many people let their health go, which they have worked so hard at achieving.
Wouldn’t it be great to survive the party season with as little disruption to your healthy routine as possible? Below are 5 tips to make the party season a part of your healthy routine rather than letting everything go!
- Keep to your morning routine –
Remember, how you spend the first 2 hours of your day is what sets you up for the day ahead. Even when time is limited with extra activities on during the festive season, still make it a point to get up and exercise first thing. Even if you have to cut the time frame back. Aim to get at least 20-30 minutes. Exercise is not only good for your metabolism and calorie control, it also releases hormones that help you feel good, thus decreasing stress in the body at this busy time. You really can’t afford to give away your exercise routine!
Always make sure you stick to having a wholesome breakfast, which may even be a smoothie full of great nutrients, as well as having all your vitamins and supplements. It is even more important to keep these up at this time of year when you can be burning the candle at both ends.
- Get enough sleep –
When you are sleeping your body is healing and regenerating. Make sure you are getting to bed earlier if you are feeling stressed and run down. It is ok to say “No” to ensure you do not over commit and run yourself down. If you are going to bed extra late because of parties, your body will be in a state of jet lag, which can take time to get over. Where you can, try and have your events through the day so as you can still get to bed at a reasonable time.
- 80:20 rule –
Set the 80:20 rule as the standard for the party season. If 80% of the time you eat the absolute best you can following all the principles of what healthy people do, and what we teach our clients, this is going to make up for the 20% of the time where you may consume something which you wouldn’t normally. This will prevent you from overloading your system with processed foods etc. It is important to find a balance, without beating yourself up, causing undue stress when you overindulge.
It is still advised that you make wiser food and beverage choices where possible. If it is a menu you can chose, opt for salads, and ask for the dressing on the side so you can control how much you are having, vegetables and a lean meat or fish. If it is a party where the food is supplied have a healthy snack before you go to avoid the temptation to overindulge.
Always watch your portions, particularly if it is finger food that is being passed. It is easy to lose track of your consumption.
- Keep Hydrated –
Keeping hydrated will keep the hunger pains down and thus you are less likely to pick at foods that are not as ideal for your health. You are best to be drinking 2-3 litres of water per day. Hydration is really important if you are having a couple of alcoholic drinks while you are out. If you have one glass of alcohol followed by a glass of water this will prevent you from over consuming alcohol.
- Minimise Stress –
It is such a busy time of year when you are expected to do all of your normal weekly duties as well as the extra social events and shopping etc. This can result in stress building in your body which can start to affect your health and how your body is functioning.
This is where Chiropractic can play an important part in your health routine. Chiropractic helps to relieve stress from your nervous system, which in turn affects your health potential. When life is busy and your body is holding more stress, we explain to our clients that this is one of the most important times to make sure you keep to your schedule of care in order to relieve this stress on your nervous system. This will ensure that your body is at its best and prevent it from going downhill.
Chiropractic adjustments help to decrease the sympathetic nervous system (which is heightened during times of stress) and enhance the function of the parasympathetic nervous system. When the parasympathetic nervous system is stimulated it dampens the effect of the sympathetic nervous system. As a result your immune system is enhanced along with your digestion and reproductive organs. This is why having a Wellness Chiropractor as part of your health regime is vitally important, especially to help you keep at your best at times of increased stress.
Our Chiropractors are trained in specific techniques to calm stress in the body. If you are suffering from stress and it is affecting your health, for example, you are not sleeping well or you have stomach pains or you just don’t feel yourself, this could be something that may be helped through Chiropractic.
We hope you all have a fabulous festive season and can make use of some of the tips that have been shared to enable you to keep at your best at this time of year. Don’t forget to share this information with any of your family or friends that you know could benefit from it.
If you have any specific questions regarding your individual situation or you would love further information please contact us here at Global Chiropractic on 54443388 or email [email protected]
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