September is the start of the “ber” months which means Christmas is approaching, at least in the Philippines. Christmas is a time for presents, eating, drinking and being merry.
As we are officially nearing the Christmas season, Christmas comes the never-ending struggle of each of us – how do we stay healthy during this holiday season and maintain a healthy habit. Though, due to the pandemic, Christmas might be a little different and tweak our usual celebration by just spending the holidays in our homes.
Here are some tips so you can maintain a healthy you throughout the “ber” months:
1. Monitor what you eat
Find out what dietary choices are healthy or bad for you. Hold off the sugars, fat, and grease.
2. Do not overindulge
Stop overindulging on heavy, calorie-dense foods. Eating should be fun but too much fun can be a cause of disaster.
3. Be Active
A sedentary lifestyle can affect your health in many ways. For example, sitting for long hours while watching television, may increase the chance of developing blood clots in the deep veins of your legs. Simple home work-outs, doing chores in the house, walking around or marching in place while watching the television are some of the many things that we can do. Exercise does not always have to be intense. There are a lot of opportunities in our daily lives at home to sneak in that extra movement.
4. Stay hydrated
Make sure to drink eight glasses of water every day including a glassful when you wake up. In addition, we burn more fat when we are hydrated.
5. Take a walk
Since we are still advised to stay indoors, our usual 10,000 steps a day may not be possible. However, you may just walk around your house, and at least walk around as much as you can.
Everyone is hopeful that come Christmas day, the community quarantine all over the country will be lifted. But whether it has passed us completely or we are still advised to stay home, we cannot deny that this year, thousands of people will be without their loved ones. Coronavirus has already claimed the lives of the elderly, those with underlying conditions, and even the healthy and young.
This Christmas season is a time for reflection. We could be facing Noche Buena for the first time without someone we love. Or, if we look at the brighter side of things, you might have a big family get-together, with finally lifted lockdown rules.
The coronavirus crisis is making us appreciate the little things – this Christmas, virtual or otherwise, time with family will be more precious than usual.