We all enjoy the holiday season, although it can be challenging in many ways. There are methods that we can employ which will help us maintain our physical and mental health during this fantastic time of year. The following are a few ideas for reducing the strain which we experience when rushing to buy gifts for our loved ones during the holidays:
First of all, do some proper stretches before embarking upon your shopping spree. Always warm up first before stretching. Do some exercises first to get your heart rate up and the blood flowing. You can run, jog, use a treadmill, etc. for a couple of minutes to warm up. Prepare yourself for a day of fun shopping. Start out with some calf stretches. Move on to rotational stretches (that is, twisting from front to back), and do some deep breathing. Again, the importance of warming up first before stretching cannot be overemphasized. Whenever you are preparing to do any stretches, warm up before doing them by exercising for a few minutes first.
Secondly, plan out your trip. Secure your cash (if applicable) and your other forms of payment. Whenever possible, have more than one payment method available just in case. If you so desire, make a shopping list which contains the gifts, names of loved ones, and stores you want to go to. Carry a bottle of water with you to stay well hydrated, and make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Thirdly, use caution when lifting anything heavy. Also, be careful not to hurt your back carrying heavy boxes, bags, and so forth. If the items are too heavy, rather than carrying them around, get a cart to push them around in, or take the gifts to your vehicle and resume shopping.
Lastly, capitalize on the time spent while standing in lines. Maintain a healthy posture when waiting in line. You may even do some light stretches while standing in place. If you like, do some light neck stretches, minor squats, and calf raises.
In the event that you experience soreness after your holiday shopping, consider making an appointment with Can Do Physical Therapy. We want you to stay healthy, and a great start for the new year may consist of a visit to Can Do. Happy holidays!