The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year, and along with them, the stresses and strains of frenzied holiday shopping. Take a stroll through your local mall, and you’ll already see symbols of the approaching holiday season — from Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations to notices of blowout sales. As your muscles tense with each passing day. Are you ready for the holiday challenge? Since the added demands of this season can stress the capacity of our bodies, we need to do everything we can to help ourselves. Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch, exercise and take a few minutes to slow down and reflect on what the season is all about.
Treat Holiday Shopping As An Athletic Event
- Stay hydrated! Take you body weight and divide by 2 that equals the ounces of water you need for proper hydration. (Coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol are dehydrators. Don’t substitute them for water.) On shopping days, you may need to drink even more water.
- Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping. When you are stressed-out, your muscles are less flexible than usual.
- Wear shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking on those hard shopping mall floors.
- Make sure your clothing is as comfortable as possible. It’s a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
- Leave your purse at home. Wear a light backpack instead. Pack only those items that are absolutely essential (driver’s license, credit card, etc.).
- If you start to feel some pain, nip it in the bud. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, and then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you experience pain or discomfort as a result of holiday shopping, consider a visit to Bauman Chiropractic. Your doctor of chiropractic can help alleviate your pain naturally, so you can enjoy the holiday season as it was meant to be.