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Winter can be a great time for outdoor activities such as ice-skating and skiing. It's also a common time for us all to get excited about holiday decorating -- both indoors and out! But without some key precautions, some of these seemingly routine winter activities might lead to injuries and exacerbate many health conditions. Try the following tips to avoid common holiday safety and health issues.
When going outside, dress in plenty of warm layers to avoid potential issues such as hypothermia and frostbite. Keep this in mind not only when having all that fun outside, but also when shoveling driveways and sidewalks. Take breaks frequently, and remember to warm up indoors or in the car if you'll be outdoors working for any prolonged periods of time. Both frostbite and hypothermia can be life-threatening conditions. To help protect yourself, make sure to:
Snow and ice can increase the chances that someone may slip and fall -- especially when snow has covered up the ice, or when visibility is low. Ice is pretty good at hiding from us, and those of any age can suffer injuries. Be sure to shovel soon after a snowfall, before it has a chance to turn to ice; wear properly fitted boots; and salt all steps and walkways to reduce the likelihood of ice forming at all.
The stress of the holidays and gatherings can make it easy to fall sick. Rich foods and sugar-laden sweets may cause discomfort and reduce the body’s ability to fight off the first signs of a cold (and a few ingredient substitutions might help keep the waistline in check, too). In order to get through the season in top shape, consider:
It may be the holidays, but if your cousin or bestie has a cold, get together after it has run its course!
These simple tips can help you get through the season without compromising your health. Don’t discount your need to exercise regularly -- think laps around the block while you catch up with great friends -- and eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables (use them as pre-party snacks). Get your daily Vitamin D needs met through getting some sunshine; eating salmon, tuna, mushrooms, or egg yolks; or consuming other foods fortified with Vitamin D. Your immune system needs all the support it can get to keep you healthy this winter season!
Did you know that thousands of people every year end up in the ER due to injuries from a fall occurring while decorating? Take care with your ambitious decorating plans, as fractures are among the most common of the injuries sustained. How can you avoid falls?
If injury or illness occurs despite your best precautions, urgent care is available with extended hours through the holidays. Check CareSpot.com for holiday hours in your area.