Happy Healthy Holidays from Medvantx
December is full of reasons to celebrate for people across religions and cultures. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hannukah or simply enjoy the season, it’s easy to get carried away and forget the healthy habits you cultivate throughout the year. Medvantx, Inc., a leader in non-commercial dispensing pharmacies, wishes you a happy holiday season with these tips for maintaining good health along with seasonal cheer.
Medvantx’s Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle this Holiday Season
Your healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to suffer during the holidays. Keep these ideas in mind to enjoy festivities with a clear health conscience.
Don’t forget your prescription medications
If you travel to visit loved ones or your work schedule changes around the holidays, your routine can get off-track. If traveling, be sure to pack the prescriptions you take and keep them in carry-on luggage if going by air. Also know that there are different screening rules at airport security for certain liquid medications and medical supplies to avoid them getting damaged. If your schedule shifts it can be helpful to set an alarm to take your medications, especially if you are changing time zones. Be cautious, too, if you attend holiday gatherings that may have different delectable food and drinks to indulge in. Some health conditions and medications require strict diets while not all medications are compatible with alcohol consumption. Know your restrictions before you feast or imbibe.
Colder weather can make an active lifestyle difficult, especially if exploring the great outdoors is your preferred method of exercise. Don’t let the cool climate get you down. If it’s financially viable, consider checking out a local gym to work out in a climate-controlled environment. If a gym isn’t in the picture, try at-home workouts that are often available for free via apps or online videos. Remember, it’s important to check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regime. Also know that according to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, it’s recommended to get 150 minutes of moderate-level activity weekly with two-days of strength training.
Maintain portion sizes
Try not to forget calorie counts when there are holiday cookies, savory treats, and sugary drinks at every turn. If you have diabetes or some other health condition that requires a careful eye to nutrients, be sure to consult with your healthcare provider before making any dietary changes. For those with no special diets, consider using smaller plates at social gatherings so your eyes don’t have the opportunity to be bigger than your stomach. If you’re curious about how much you should be eating, consider exploring MyPlate from the US Food and Drug Administration (USDA).
Practice good sleep hygiene
Getting enough sleep is crucial to feeling your best, but that can be difficult when your schedule varies with travel or added social gatherings. Most adults need at least seven hours of sleep nightly. Help maximize your sleep with good sleep hygiene and these tricks:
• Go to sleep at the same time each night
• Create a welcoming sleep environment
• Turn off devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime
Enjoy the Season
Leading a healthy lifestyle through the holidays doesn’t have to be a chore. Enjoy your holiday season with healthy habits. Happy holidays from Medvantx.