Nobody wants to spend the holiday season ill or under the weather, and while some things may feel inevitable about this time as the year - such as having to spend time with extended family you’d rather not and panicking about what gifts to get - ill-health is something that can often be avoided.
All Things In Moderation
Christmas is a time of indulgence, but it's important to remember that all good things are best enjoyed in moderation. Alcohol, for example, causes dehydration and clouded judgement as well as hangovers, which are a guaranteed way to ruin the festive season.
It’s estimated that we consumed around 3000 calories in our Christmas dinners, which is 50% more than the average adult woman’s recommended amount and 500kcal more than the average adult male’s. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the season’s treats, just remember to be sensible and stop when you're full!
It’s recommended that adults aged 19 to 64 should try to do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week (which is roughly 20 to 25 minutes per day) and complete strength exercises twice or more each week. To stay active over the season, consider taking advantage of the activities this time of year and the weather present, such as ice skating and sledging. Another fun way to get exercise in - especially for families with younger children - is to go geocaching on a local walking path or public wooded area.
Vitamins and Minerals
Make sure that your only source of vitamins and minerals isn’t just Christmas cake, mince pies or a novel stocking-filler satsuma. Maintain a diet that is balanced and varied, containing enough fruit and vegetables to ensure you and your family are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. If you feel your diet is lacking in this area, consider bolstering your intake using the necessary food supplements.
Stave off colds this holiday seasons by wrapping up, staying hydrated and maintaining a good diet. Ill-health can spoil anyone’s Christmas, so make it a priority to top up on any necessary shots or immunisations too.