Answers to Common Holiday Health Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about holiday health.

What healthy habits can be maintained during the holidays without sacrificing the fun things the season offers?

Dr. Diller explains how to maintain your healthy habits during the holiday. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.  

 

Maintaining healthy habits during the holiday season doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having fun.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a few things you can do to help keep yourself from overindulging at a party buffet and to boost your physical activity levels.

Some ways to keep you healthy habits during the holidays, according to the CDC, include:

  • Keep moving – It is important to try to maintain your exercise routine, even if you get busy, during the holiday season. You can help yourself stay active by parking far from the entrance of a store so you’ll have farther to walk and taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Try to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week.
  • Limit alcohol – Have a plan before you go to a party about how much you will drink. To help keep to your plan, try alternating between one alcoholic drink and one non-alcoholic drink during an event.
  • Use portion control – Healthy eating can be a struggle for people during the holidays because of all the comforting favorite foods and treats. You don’t have to miss out on your holiday favorites, just be mindful of what you eat. Before you go to a party, eat a healthy snack so you’re not tempted to overeat at the event.

For more tips on having fun while sticking with healthy holiday habits, talk to your physician.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Ann DeClue, MD, Ann DeClue, MD; Andrew Diller, MD, Brookville Family Care; Joshua Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Christopher Lauricella, DO, Family Medicine of Vandalia