How to Stay Heart Healthy Over the Holidays
The holidays are in full swing! A joyful time to be sure, it’s also that time of the year when our best of intentions become just that, intentions. While certainly difficult, it’s important to make good choices and keep your heart healthy over the holiday season. And, since our automated CPR products were developed to help medical professionals treat those who suffer cardiac arrest, we know how important heart health is to everyone.
Here are a few ways to stay on track and healthy in mind, body, and heart.
Put Holiday Stress in Perspective
November and December, while full of the holiday spirit, can also be riddled with stress – family, finances, and fear among the major causes. Many may feel obligated to see and spend time with everyone in their family, others may be stressed about potential conflicts at gatherings, or others may feel a sense of grief because they don’t have family close by. Not to mention trying to balance budgetary constraints with gift-giving!
- The key here is to know your limits.
- You can’t be everywhere at once so take a little time to plan ahead and create a schedule that fits best for you.
- If you can, keep your eye out for gifts all year long and take advantage of seasonal deals. By spreading out the spending, you may not feel quite so crazed in December.
- Lastly, remember to do seasonal things you love. Maybe that’s volunteering, watching The Christmas Story, snowshoeing, or making a batch of cookies. Thread those simple pleasures into your season and remember to take a deep breath here and there.
Bring a Heart-Healthy Side Dish
It’s hard to stay health conscious during holiday parties full of your favorite treats. To help mitigate that, offer to bring a dish and choose something that’s on the lighter side. Maybe a lovely salad or fruit tray? A dip made with yogurt instead of sour cream, or a baked good that’s made with applesauce instead of oil. If you bring the healthy stuff it will be easier to balance the good with the bad.
Get Flexible with Exercise
When you start getting overwhelmed with shopping lists, holiday activities and family obligations, your exercise routine is often the first thing to go. Stay consistent by getting flexible with your exercise goals. If heading to the gym will take too much time, YouTube a workout video (there are thousands!), instead of ordering all your gifts online, get out there and walk the aisles. Even decorating your home can work up a sweat!
Most importantly, remember to take care of yourself. Head into this holiday season understanding your stress triggers, planning a few healthy meals here and there and getting creative with your workout routine. You’ll be happier and healthier for it!
From all of us at Michigan Instruments, we wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season.