How to stay healthy during the busy holiday season

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Most people now-a-days are busy. All moms are busy. Add in the cold/flu season and back-to-back holidays, and busy doesn’t even begin to describe it. Taking care of yourself is a must! Staying healthy makes you a better woman, mom, spouse, daughter, employee and friend.

1.      Sleep

“Sleep is not a luxury,” says Dr. James O’Brien, medical director of the Boston SleepCare Center in Waltham, Mass. “It’s a necessity for optimal functioning.” As a busy mom, it can be tempting to burn the midnight oil in an attempt to get things done, but cutting into your valuable sleep time will make it even more difficult for you to deal with all of the responsibilities that come with being a modern day mom.

2.      Exercise – even if you only have 10 minutes

You can get an effective workout in a short period of time with a little bit of planning. Since planning time is probably non-existent for you, enlist the help of an exercise specialist. Fit for Expecting develops effective exercise programs for moms, in whatever time you have available, with whatever equipment is available. Just make the call and we’ll do the rest – (626) 399-1025 or www.fitforexpecting.com.

3.      Hydrate!

Make a habit of having water be the first thing that you put into your body in the morning and the last thing at night. Carry a water bottle around with you during the day.

4.      Eat whole, unprocessed foods.

Think apple instead of applesauce or apple pie.

5.      Be active throughout your day

Some ideas: carry a basket at the grocery store instead of pushing a cart, walk around while on a call at work, take the stairs, do bicep curls with the laundry detergent after you put the clothes in the washer.

6.      Get fresh air

Great way to do this is to schedule active family activities – bike riding, swimming, hiking, kick ball, frisbee.

7.      Ask for help

Celebrity moms look rested and calm. Why? Because they have help. Lots of it – nannies, housekeepers, trainers, chefs, personal assistants. This isn’t realistic for most of us, but we can learn from this – having help makes life a lot easier. If you can’t pay for it, ask for it. Are there things your partner can take on? Can you budget for someone to clean your house once a month? Can you call on friends and relatives to help out?

 

We want to hear from you: How do you stay healthy during this time of year?

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