Through the years we have seen all sorts of Christmas injuries, from slipping on wrapping paper, to that sore back/neck from long drives, or testing out new toys gone wrong, we’ve seen plenty!
The festive season is in full swing, and with this in mind we have some advice to keep you happy, healthy and injury free this Christmas!
Afterall, the gift that keeps on giving is good health.
Here are some tips to help you stay injury free and happy this Christmas.
Avoid Sitting For Long Periods
Over the holidays many of us will spend our time sitting on the couch (perhaps recovering from Christmas lunches or dinners) or sitting for long periods in the car driving to holiday destinations.
- Avoid sitting for more than 30 minutes without a break
- Take breaks when driving long distances and get out of the car to move and stretch your legs
- Be mindful of your posture and the type of chair you are sitting in
- Regular changes in position will help to improve comfort and reduce the risk of injuries
Avoid Carrying Heavy Loads
You’ve probably (hopefully!) already done your Christmas shopping but for those last-minute Christmas shoppers and eager Boxing Day sale goers:
- Avoid carrying heavy loads of shopping
- Make multiple trips to and from the car
- Use a trolley
The best way to spend time with family and friends over the holidays is to stay active. Even better, give gifts that promote physical activity.
Whether it is a stroll, going for a run or playing backyard cricket, get out and keep moving!
For those who are generally very active, the holidays pose a possible problem in the form of the loss of fitness due to a reduction in exercise (and possibly some overeating?).
This can have an effect really quickly and can make it harder to get back into normal training. So, make sure you keep active and take it easy when you do return to normal activity.
Don’t Ignore Pain
It is important not to ignore pain or injuries that you might experience over the holidays.
If you have an injury, pain or swelling over the holidays, please do not hesitate to visit your GP or our physiotherapists in Grange, Adelaide, we are always here to help and give advice.
Most importantly, enjoy the silly season!!
Eat well – make sure there’s salad on the plate too.
Keep hydrated – not just with alcohol.
And have a lovely Christmas!