December 2016 – Rehab and Wellness Connection

Happy Holidays

Tis the Season for the hustle and bustle of Holiday concerts, gatherings for friends and families, shopping, wrapping and all the wonderful activities of the Holiday Season! Unfortunately, it can also be the season of stress, runny noses, sore throats and dreaded weight gain. We want everyone to be healthy and enjoy this special time of year, so we offer the following simple ways to stay healthy during the Holidays:

Getting your flu vaccine is your best defense and it isn't too late. But, you may also use the following tips to fight the cold/flu this year:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose or coughing. Warm water and soap is the best/preferred method, but if that isn't possible, personal hand sanitizer should be used.
  • Avoid sharing objects - from drinks to even pens and pencils. If you work in an office pay special attention to telephones and computer keyboards if they are used by anyone other than yourself. Wipe down the keyboard of your computer, the buttons on your phone and the hand receiver of your phone with disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes
  • Get enough good sleep to avoid getting "run down" which lowers your resistance
  • Reduce stress
  • Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately (then wash your hands or use  hand sanitizer)
  • If you are sick, especially with a fever, stay home and get well!

There are also a few good tips for avoiding weight gain during the Holidays - which will allow you to make a different New Year's resolution!!

  • Pick protein - protein helps to maintain a healthy weight and is good for your energy level
  • Eat and chew slowly - the quicker we eat, the less time our bodies have to "register" being full.  Slow down and savor each delicious bite!
  • Fill up on fiber - give that vegetable tray another chance vs. the dessert tray
  • Try to avoid added sugar - Holiday cookies, cakes and pies are nothing short of tempting, but all that added sugar increases the risk for weight gain.  Stick to sugar that comes in its natural form (fruits, veggies and whole grains)
  • Beware of booze!  Not only does alcohol add unnecessary calories to your diet, but getting boozy has another effect on us, too - bad decisions!  You will be more tempted to lose your inhibitions around food and start eating irresponsibly.  For every glass of wine, beer or cocktail, drink a glass of water.
  • Cave into a craving - if you have a craving for a Holiday "special treat", acknowledge it and give in to it - in moderation of course!  This can help to curb the desire to go overboard.

We are fortunate to live in a community with many activities to usher in the Season!  We at Clear Lake Physical Therapy and Rehab Specialists want to help you stay healthy and active to enjoy as many of them as possible!

If you have any questions about how physical therapy might be an added benefit in your life, please call us at 715.262.4103 or stop in and see us at 417 3rd Avenue in Clear Lake.

Everyone at Clear Lake PTRS sends greetings of health and happiness to all for this Holiday Season!