With the festive season fast approaching, it is a time for celebration, relaxation and letting your hair down. Unfortunately this period can also take a toll on our bodies in some cases effecting our spine and nervous system. This could be the result of indulging in a little too much alcohol, lugging around those heavy parcels full of Christmas presents, or even just the stress of getting things organized for the holidays. Whatever the reason it is important to take care of your body throughout the festive season.
So here are a few tips for staying safe and healthy over the holiday period:
- For the ladies, with all the events the Christmas calendar brings often women find they are spending more time than usual wearing high heels. Even if these shoes don’t bring you discomfort it is important to remember the effect they are having on your spine. Essentially this increases the normal forward curve of the back and causes the pelvis to tip forward. Our advice is to always take a pair of flat shoes with you, wearing them to and from events can reduce the amount of time spent in heels. Also opt for shoes with a thicker heel, these provide more support than stilettos.
- Be conscious of what you are carrying. Whether you have gone crazy at Christmas shopping, moving the furniture around to prepare for an event or even just carrying that overly packed handbag or brief case, it is vital that you don’t over exert yourself. Opt for a trolley when doing the shopping to avoid unnecessary strain on your back and only carry with you items of necessity. If you are lifting heavy objects like tables or lounges ensure you lift them using the correct technique.
- Pace yourself. Be it drinking or eating, take it slowly. Give your body the chance to digest food. It takes about 20mins from the time of eating for your body to recognize the feeling of fullness, so keep this in mind at the Christmas Buffet this year! Also when drinking it is important to stay hydrated, drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages and your body will thank you for it the next day!
We will still be open over the holiday period. With reduced hours. Please see below for our Christmas trading hours.
Thurs 24th Dec: 8am-12pm
Fri 25th Dec: Closed
Sat 26th Dec: Closed
Sun 27th Dec: Closed
Mon 28th Dec: Closed
Tues 29th Dec: 9am-5pm
Wed 30th Dec: 9am– 5pm
Thurs 31st Dec: 8am– 12pm
Fri 1st Jan: Closed
Sat 2nd Jan: 8am-12pm
Sun 3rd Jan: Closed
Mon 4th Jan: 1.30pm-6pm
Tues 5th Jan: 8am-6pm
The Back to Basics team wishes you all a very happy and safe Christmas. We look forward to seeing you in 2016.