The traditional Aussie Christmas is synonymous with over-indulgence, parties, fun in the sun, BBQ’s and cricket! Amidst all of the excitement, it is all too easy to neglect our bodies. So I’ve put together a guide to keep the whole family smiling on the inside and out.
1. Slip Slop Slap
Hours on end in the hot Summer’s sun is bound to damage your skin if you’re not careful. To protect yourself from the elements, ensure that you wear:
– Protective clothing
– SPF 50+ sunscreen and/or zinc cream
– A broad brimmed hat
– UV rated sunglasses
If you are heading to the beach for the whole day, why not take an umbrella or beach shelter for added protection.
2. Warm up
Who doesn’t love a quick game of backyard cricket while the BBQ sizzles away? Cricket is not only Australia’s favourite past time, but it is also the cause of many painful shoulders and backs. To make sure you can keep up with the kids, start each exercise session with a quick dynamic warm and finish it off with a stretch.
3. Hydrate while you dehydrate
There’s no denying it, most Aussies love a cold beer on a hot summer’s day. If this is you, please remember that alcohol leads to dehydration (and a sore head in the morning). If you do decide to celebrate with a few alcoholic beverages, please do so safely. By following up each alcoholic drink with a glass of water, you will keep your insides happy and decrease your risk of dehydration and heat stroke.
4. Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body. By maintaining regular sleep patterns over the Christmas period you will be
– Reducing your chance of musculoskeletal injury
– Minimizing mood swings caused by sleep deprivation
– Allowing for an easier transition back to work when the time comes
5. Act your age, not your shoe size
Ahh the age old saying still rings true to this day. In a bid to keep up with their grandchildren, many overambitious people try to relive their glory days of rep footy or A-grade netball. Subsequently, injuring themselves and rendering the term ‘silly season’ quite literal. Although we encourage everyone to keep active, sometimes you will have to accept defeat and let your 11 year old opponent win, in order to prevent risk of injuring yourself (we know you would have caught him out if you’d have dived for it!).
6. Keep your eyes peeled
Whether you are in the ocean, in the park or taking a hike throughout the scenic Gold Coast Hinterland, be sure to keep your eyes peeled and aware of your surroundings. Australia is home to an abundance of dangerous flora and fauna that could potentially put a significant dent in your holiday festivities. We suggest that you keep a small first aid kit handy at all times in case of emergency.
From the team at Chevron Island Physio, have a happy and healthy Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!