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Stay Healthy While Holiday Shopping

By Sara Butler

It’s that time of year again – time to shop until you quite literally drop. Some people enjoy shopping for presents for their friends and family, while others view the mall as a means to a festive holiday end. No matter how you view your holiday shopping, there is one universal truth for everyone: You have to care for your back. Here are some helpful tips to keep your back healthy and free from pain this holiday season.

You Can Do It

It may sound a little silly, but shopping is exercise – and it might be more movement than your body is used to. Don’t worry, because your body has the ability to do more than what is normal for you. Where it gets a bit dicey is the line between a little more and a lot more than what you’re used to. The demands of this festive season can stress your body, so you have to do what you can to help yourself stay healthy. Start by stretching before you go, drink plenty of water while you’re out, and endeavor to eat healthy throughout the season.

Tips to Stay Healthy

Here are a few more tips you can follow to keep you safe and healthy this holiday season. Remember to:

  • Drink enough water – You should drink half of the weight of your body in ounces of water every day. People tend to overindulge in coffee, tea, eggnog or alcohol during this time of the year – so make sure you drink enough water.
  • Take breaks – If you’re planning a full day of shopping you should try to take a break at least once an hour. If you have less stamina, then you may want to take more frequent breaks.
  • Wear good shoes – You need to wear shoes for shopping that are supportive for all that walking. Make sure they have plenty of cushion to absorb shock and try to avoid the high heels.
  • Wear appropriate clothing – If you’re going to be outside then dress for the weather. Wear layers if you’re going to be going from cold to warm.
  • Get a fanny pack – Leave the shoulder bags at home and either wear a backpack or a fanny pack so you don’t have to lug a purse around on just one shoulder to carry around essentials.
  • Wrap it up – When it’s time to wrap your presents, alternate positions. Go from the floor to a table to the countertop.

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