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Staying healthy during the holidays

WITH Christmas just a few more days to go, it’s natural that the preceding days before December 25 will consist of several parties from different groups of people, be it a company party or a friend's party.

As such, one of the things people get worried about, particularly those who are so meticulous with their diet, is staying healthy and fit during the holidays.

Here are some of the things you can do stay fit this Yuletide season:

- Avoid overeating. Party means food, and since its Christmas season, people tend to prepare dishes that have more meat, especially the pinoy-favorite lechon baboy. Apart from that, there are also desserts to think about.

Too much food intake will lead to digestive troubles, especially since usually, parties happen during the evening. Having a large meal in the night can cause you to feel bloated or sluggish, which is not good for your health.

As such, don't force yourself to eat everything in the table, but choose what you think you can eat and enjoy. Go easy on the meats and desserts and as much as possible eat veggies and drink plenty of water.

- Limit your alcohol consumption. Just like in eating, too much alcohol consumption can also cause problems in your digestive system, aside from your liver, that is. Its nice to drink with your friends and family during the holidays, however, keep in mind that too much of anything is not good for your health.

- Stay active. Holidays mean having more time to spend with your friends, family or even yourself. Since you've been eating so much during the holiday season, there will be instances that you'll gain weight without you noticing.

Try to stay active and avoid lazing and lying on your bed looking at your phone for a whole day, which is a common thing young people do during breaks.

Not only will it be beneficial for your physical health, exercise can also help in getting rid of your stress, be it from school or work.

- Be cautious. With Christmas day just around the corner, people are rushing to find the perfect gifts for their loved ones and the right ingredients to prepare for Noche Buena.

Apart from being alert for bad people in crowded areas, you should also be meticulous in shopping for ingredients for the food you will be serving during Christmas dinner. Avoid food so close to the expiration date and watch out for vegetable and fruits that are sold in cheaper prices as some might already be spoiled. This way, you can avoid food poisoning and spending the rest of the holidays in a hospital bed.

- Spend time alone. Holidays, despite the cheery mood and atmosphere, can also cause a person to feel tired and stressed out, especially for those who are introverts forced to interact or socialize during a party or those who have to spend so much time shopping, cooking and hosting.

Take time to just sit and relax or spend a day for yourself and treat yourself to unwind and recharge. Pamper yourself by doing things you don't normally do on a daily basis or go on a relaxing vacation somewhere away from the busy schedule and noises in the city.

Stay healthy and have a Merry Christmas everyone!


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