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5 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holiday Season

Posted by April Davis on Dec 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The holidays is a time for friends and family to gather together and have a good time. Between all of the parties and get-togethers, it’s easy to let your health slip by the wayside. Here are some tips for making sure that you stay healthy while you celebrate this holiday season with your loved ones.

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things seniors can do for their health. Adults between the ages of 85 and 99 are admitted to the hospital for dehydration six times more often than other adults are. The convenience of having liquids nearby can make staying hydrated easy for many seniors, so keep your fridge stocked with of water, 100 percent juice, and milk. Remember to drink even when it’s cold outside, especially if you’ve been out running errands, working in the yard, or doing other physical work.

2. Get Plenty of Rest

It’s easy to get over-tired during the holidays. There tend to be several events packed into the month of December, and all of that running around and traveling can wear you out. Once you reach your destination, remember to rest before you go back out. Sit down, watch a little television, or take a power nap. Try not to plan too many events back-to-back. Leave space between gatherings so you can work in your rest time. If you’re well rested and recharged full of energy, you will have more fun with your friends and family.

3. Make Healthy Food Choices

There are so many yummy food options brought to the table during the holidays. While it’s ok to splurge just a little bit, make sure you stick to any special dietary restrictions that you may have. Being surrounded by good food, drink, and friends can make it more tempting to slip up. Don’t beat yourself up if you indulge too much at one holiday party, but try to make it a goal to choose the healthy options that are available. Don’t drink too much alcohol, eat too many desserts, or load up on dinner rolls. Put some fruits and vegetables on your plate, grab a handful of nuts, and choose a glass of water instead of a second glass of champagne.

4. Continue Your Exercise Routine

It’s cold outside, it’s darker earlier in the evening, and you’ve been celebrating and eating lots of rich food. There are many reasons why your daily exercise schedule is one of the easiest routines to fall out of during the holidays. If you’re having trouble staying motivated, try something different from your normal exercise routine. Instead of walking outside, walk around a local indoor shopping mall. Instead of going out to the gym, invest in some good hand weights that you can use at home in front of the fireplace.

5. Pass Traditions to the Younger Generations

To avoid getting tired out or stressed out, let the younger generations take over some of the holiday responsibilities this year. If you usually hold the family gathering at your house, let one of your kids or grandkids take over the task. You won’t have to worry about cooking, and cleaning, and decorating. You can just show up with a dish or two and relax while others do most of the work. You won’t change the entire tradition simply by changing the house where you gather together. Remember that what’s important is that all the people you love are together during the holidays.


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April Davis

Written by: April Davis

April has over 15 years of experience working with residents in their Cottage home. She has worked in the Cottage in a variety of roles, giving her a unique perspective and a true understanding of what challenges our seniors and their families face. She has two children, Alyssa and Jackson.