Remember to always reflect and appreciate what your Holiday Season is all about, and follow these tips to avoid injury this holiday season.
1. Pre-Shopping (pre-game)
Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch and exercise.
Stay well hydrated. Try to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Stay away from sugary drinks. On your shopping day (game day) you may want to drink even MORE water to be prepared.
Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping. When you are tired and stressed, your muscles are less flexible than normal.
2. Wear the appropriate gear.
Comfortable clothes and shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking long hours on those hard shopping mall floors are recommended.
If you carry a purse, leave it at home. Wear a light backpack instead. Pack only essentials, such as your driver’s license and credit card.
3. Injury timeout.
If you start to feel some pain, take care of it quickly. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes. Take it off for a couple of hours and repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
4. Time Outs Needed. Plan Frequent Breaks Into Your Shopping Day
During a long day of shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those that may be more deconditioned may need to take more frequent breaks.
5. Get a locker to store your gear.
Use your car as your own personal locker. Don’t carry around more than is absolutely necessary at one time, this can cause extra strain on your body.
6. Water break.
Take breaks, and try to eat light, healthy and hydrating options. A salad and fruit is a much better option that a burger and fries or pizza.
7. Wrapping Your Gifts (Post-game)
Remember to vary your position when wrapping gifts. Stand at a counter, then sit at a table. Avoid wrapping presents while sitting on the floor.
Stretch before and after wrapping gifts. An important recommendation is to stretch the opposite way you are wrapping. If you are leaning forward, then stretch backward when you are done.
Keep these things in mind this holiday season – since the holidays are like a sporting event – and stay injury free!