Tis the season for shopping, parties, and holiday goodies, but know how to stay healthy with these holiday tips:

Treat Yourself to Only the Best Holiday Treats

With the deluge of neighbor treats, party goodies, and savory desserts along the way, it’s all too easy to want a taste of everything. Take your time looking through the options and only indulge in the treats that make your taste buds sing. Bypass the store-bought cookies in favor of your aunt’s Christmas fudge. Why waste calories on something that is only so-so?

Think all of the walking you are doing while out Christmas shopping burns enough calories to justify a calorie-laden mall treat? Think again. Walking through a store at a leisurely pace only burns about 200 calories per hour for a 150-pound person and that Cinnabon that looks so tempting? A “mere” 880 calories.

Avoid Sharing Holiday Illnesses

It may be the season for giving, but it doesn’t mean we need to share germs. Avoid holiday illnesses by regularly using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, keeping it tucked conveniently in your purse or car.

Be wary of germ-infested culprits like mall doors, escalator rails, elevator buttons, and ATM touch screens. Be mindful when traveling too, using disinfecting wipes to wipe down armrests on the train, bus, or airplane, and don’t forget seat buckles and tray tables. Nothing ruins a trip like an unwelcome sickness after arriving at your destination.

Don’t forget the importance of sleep, especially during the holidays. A study mentioned in the Archives of Internal Medicine discovered that people who get less than seven hours of sleep nightly are three times more likely to catch a cold than those who get eight or more hours.

Keep Stress at Bay

Holidays can be infamous for causing stress, but make sure you are taking the time to take care of yourself and do things that make you happy, such as exercising, getting some extra sleep, not taking on too many commitments, or scheduling a massage or chiropractic adjustment.

Make an Appointment to Make Your Holidays Happy

Taking time for yourself may seem counterintuitive given the long to-do list during the holidays, but you needn’t experience the joy of the season in pain. Call Dr. Knight today at True North Chiropractic to treat any of your pain or symptoms causing you grief.