3 Healthy Easter Tips
Many of the major holidays provide a way for families and friends to get together. After all, our busy lives often make it very difficult for us to convene for a quick dinner during the week. In many cases, this is even true for most weekends!
Unfortunately, the constant activity and excitement associated with most holidays can lead to injuries that will confine you to the couch while everyone is around the dinner table. Luckily, if you take the proper steps, you can enjoy the holidays with your family and have no fear of incurring an injury.
When it comes to Easter specifically, there are a few things you need to watch out for. In this article, we will highlight some of the major injury risks during the Easter holiday. Furthermore, we’ll demonstrate how chiropractic care can help to prevent and treat these injuries.
Playing with the Grandkids
If you’re not of “grandparent age” quite yet, please take no offense! Young kids are hard to keep up with even for parents, aunts, uncles, and adult cousins.
When you go to pick up the new baby this easter, be sure that you are practicing good lifting form. Even if they only weigh a few pounds, these bundles of joy can cause a tweak in your back or neck.
It’s imperative that, when lifting a person or object from the floor, you lift with your legs and keep the weight close to your body. Proper form will reduce the force (torque, for you physics fans) on your back and arms. In turn, you’ll reduce the chance of injury. This way, you’ll be able to keep up with all the young ones running around and playing games over the Easter holiday.
Be Careful Where You Hide the Easter Eggs
Many families traditionally host an Easter egg hunt each year. However, in order for there to be an Easter egg hunt, someone has to hide the eggs. If you drew the short straw this year and have to find good hiding spots, make sure you don’t overextend yourself.
It can be easy to overreach and pull a muscle when trying to find that perfect egg-hiding spot. Injured muscles or tweaked joints take a long time to fully heal, and Easter is fleeting. The egg hunters will still have a great time, even if the eggs aren’t very hard to find.
Watch What You Eat
Nutritionally speaking, Easter brunch is usually fairly reasonable. This is especially true when one compares the typical Easter meal to some other holiday feasts. One can often expect to see some egg-based dishes, some ham, and some vegetable sides set up on the Easter table.
However, it’s easy to overdo it on any food when good conversation and good friends are around the table.
There are many great ways to ensure that you don’t overeat during Easter. Any of the following can work, it just depends on what works best for you:
- Limit yourself to a single plate and don’t take seconds.
- Load up your plate with veggies before anything else.
- Take your time: be the last person to finish eating.
There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to handle the dietary temptations of the holidays. If you are very strict during the rest of the year, you may even decide to relax some of your diet rules during Easter. Whatever you do, just make sure you are prioritizing your health.
See Your Chiropractor Before and After Easter
During any holiday season, it’s a good idea to get a session in with your chiropractor before and after the big day. This will ensure that your body is functioning optimally and that you are preparing yourself for anything that might happen. If you’re looking for a Noblesville chiropractor, we’re here to help at Anchor Health Chiropractic. Book your appointment today.