Many of you are planning to engage in some holiday festivities this month. And then perhaps you’re planning some health-related goals for your New Year’s resolutions. But it’s really better not to stray too far from a healthy lifestyle, even when you’re celebrating, so that you don’t have to do too much “damage control” later on. Follow these five tips to stay healthy and injury-free, wherever your celebrations might take you.

Take an extra day or two off work. If you can, take an extra day or two off work, before and/or after holiday celebrations. This is extra important if you plan to travel. Try not to pack too much activity into a short period of time and allow yourself time to prepare and time to rest.

Use proper posture when traveling. Adjust your car seat so that you’re positioned ergonomically to reduce stress on your lower back, hips, and shoulders. Use proper posture if you spend a long time in airplane seats and get up to move around and stretch every hour. And remember to lift heavy luggage with your knees, rather than bending over and lifting with your back.

Call a designated driver. Don’t risk serious accidents, injuries, and legal trouble. It’s better to stay sober, but if you do imbibe during the holidays, make responsible choices about driving.

Don’t overdo the sugar. Most people look forward to holiday desserts but try to limit yourself to just one per meal or party. Too much sugar wreaks havoc on your immune system, triggers inflammation, and of course leads to weight gain.

Say no. Holiday celebrations and obligations shouldn’t take precedence over your health. If you don’t enthusiastically desire to do something, set firm limits. It’s okay to say no to a few activities if you need some down time to reduce stress.

Of course, if you do begin to feel tension, soreness, or other symptoms, remember that chiropractic care isn’t just for injuries. Regular adjustments can help you to reduce stress and keep your nervous system functioning fluently, so that you lower your risk of pain, injuries, and illness. Give us a call about preventive treatment and we’ll be happy to help.