Are you spending a lot of time at the mall this holiday season? Here are several tips for staying healthy as you shop.
Even though speed-shopping can’t replace a genuine workout, you can still make your shopping experience healthy. The holidays provide temptations everywhere you go, so it’s up to you to make wise choices this season as you collect gifts and prepare for big meals. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Walk the walk. Whenever possible, use your legs. Hitting a big box retailer? Park on the far side of the lot and get a vigorous pace going as you head towards the door. Even a few burned calories are better than none. Always use the stairs instead of the elevator. Remember to maintain good posture, no matter how many shopping bags are weighing you down.
- Say no to fattening drinks. Think a double chocolate mocha with whipped cream on top will help you survive the crowded shopping ordeal? Don’t do it. The calories gained will far outweigh those expended. If you absolutely cannot resist a beverage, try a fruity tea.
- DIY. Carry your own bags without a cart or assistance. Your arms will thank you later. Family gifts or an armful of groceries can weigh a lot. Make it work for you!
- Simplify major meals. Buying fewer ingredients and processed foods for holiday meals means keeping off the weight and saving money. Simplicity might go against tradition, but healthful dishes are the best gifts you can offer your loved ones.
- Maintain your workout routine. If you’re missing your morning jog in order to shop, reconsider your priorities. Order gifts online so you don’t lose your healthy habit. You’ve worked hard to create a routine; keep up the good work!
- Skip the mall meals. If you find yourself gravitating towards the food court, stop yourself. Instead of wolfing down a greasy pizza or carb-laden pretzel, pack a sandwich or salad in advance.
Central Florida Regional Hospital wishes you the best this holiday season. If you have any health questions or would like a physician referral, call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-800-445-3392.