How to keep fit during the holidays
Holidays are filled with family obligations, travelling, festive outings and all sorts of delicious treats. However, it is important to balance indulgence and stick to a health and wellness routine or create one if you don’t already have.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Keep moving – Avoid sitting down for too long. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing light activities such as walking around the house or performing some simple squat exercises reduces the risk of diabetes and other heart diseases.
- Keep hydrated – During summer we are all at risk of dehydration. However, if you are elderly you are more at risk of severe heat stress and dehydration. Holidays can be quite disruptive with your daily routine and you might not remember to hydrate. Drink six to eight glasses of water per day and stay out of the sun for long periods of time. Ensure that living accommodations are cool and check that fans and air conditioning work properly.
- Exercise and sleep – Make sure you set aside some time for some exercise in the morning so you don’t get distracted later in the day by parties, events or other holiday extravaganzas. Also get plenty of rest and get help at home if required.
- Walk with friends – Suggest catching up with friends in the park and go for a walk together. Encourage your friends to be out and about during holidays as well. If you are a dog owner, taking your dog out for a walk could be the best form of daily exercise.
Enjoy your holidays but don’t let a day of indulgence turn into a month, because before you know it unwanted bad habits take over.