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Avoid Weight Gain, Sickness, and More: The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

Posted By Alejandra Owens On December 14, 2011 @ 9:41 am In Health Talk | Comments Disabled

SantaThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act [1].

Don’t be like Santa this holiday season.

Seriously, that guy is a health nightmare [2], between all the extra cookies he eats to his habit of overexerting himself (at least on one night in particular).

Instead, make small, healthy changes to your usual holiday festivities to avoid packing on extra pounds or getting sick.

To start with, don’t stress out [3]. Breathe. And remember, if you’ve been sticking to a healthy lifestyle, you don’t have to backslide [4].

Eat right

Keep sickness at bay

Buy good gifts

What’s your top holiday survival tip?

Photo credit: Bart Fields [15] on Flickr

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URLs in this post:

[1] Small Act: http://www.smallact.com

[2] that guy is a health nightmare: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/santa_n_1136730.html

[3] don’t stress out: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/28/tis-the-season-dont-let-the-holidays-stress-you-out/

[4] you don’t have to backslide: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/12/09/thin-for-life-how-do-you-avoid-the-not-inevitable-backslide/

[5] Hanukkah: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/12/12/eating-right-during-the-festival-of-lights/

[6] Christmas: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/30/sweets-minus-guilt-better-for-you-holiday-cookie-recipes/

[7] Avoid heartburn: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/18/holiday-heartburn-how-to-avoid-it-this-thanksgiving/

[8] Avoid packing on the pounds at parties: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/9324945-423/foolproof-ways-not-to-pack-on-holiday-pounds.html

[9] Wash your hands: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/12/07/youre-making-me-sick-and-other-reasons-you-should-wash-your-hands/

[10] Dial back the stress, get some fresh air, and take care of yourself: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/07/hoping-for-a-healthy-winter-follow-these-four-steps/

[11] Get your flu shot: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/12/05/have-you-gotten-your-flu-shot-yet/

[12] don’t try thawing your turkey in the clothes dryer: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/11/21/tumble-dry-your-turkey-we-have-better-methods/

[13] Be careful what toys you buy for the kids and grandkids: http://healthblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/12/tips-for-picking-safe-toys.html

[14] Consider buying gifts that encourage health and fitness: http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/health/9324174-423/consider-giving-gifts-that-do-a-body-good.html

[15] Bart Fields: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bartfields/312541706/

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