Healthy Living Holiday Tips

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods.  There’s an ugly rumor that Americans gain 8-10 pounds during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Thank goodness this is not true. In fact, research shows that during the holidays, Americans gain just 1-2 pounds on average. While this doesn’t sound like much, evidence shows that we don’t shed the annual poundage. So, in 5 years, two pounds becomes an extra ten!

The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

Before beginning any exercise program, it’s best to talk with your St Paul MN Chiropractor, who may be able to help you develop a routine best suited to your health situation.

If you haven’t exercised or been active in a long time, start slowly to prevent injuries. Taking a brisk 10-minute walk twice a week is a good start. Try joining a dance, yoga, or pilates class if they appeal to you. You could also join a baseball or bowling team, or even a mall-walking group. The social aspects of these groups can be rewarding and motivating. And don’t forget: Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference over time.

With the holiday season right around the corner, it seems like a good time to review some Holiday safety tips and health guidelines to keep everyone feeling great, staying safe, and having fun during this festive season.

The YMCA offers a holiday challenge called “Maintain Don’t Gain” helping people be motivated by others and accountable from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve. Check it out!