Eat, Sleep and Be Merry…

Stay safe and fit throughout the holidays

The holidays are here again! Perhaps you are headed to the tropics to take advantage of your extra days off work, or maybe you are bundling up and headed to Grandma's house for a few days of feasting and merriment. Whatever your holiday plans may be, take the time to stay healthy and safe. Here are some tips to take along with you.

  • Get plenty of sleep. This can be one of the most difficult holiday tasks with packed travel days, irregular diets, chats with friends and family or sleeping in a different bed. Any of these factors can make it difficult to get a full night's rest, but this is one of the most important factors related to staying healthy. So make a dedicated effort this holiday season to get enough rest.

  • Go in with a game plan. It's a lot easier to say no to the second helping of mashed potatoes, stuffing or pie when you've made a one-helping promise to yourself. Remember, it's a lot easier to pass the potatoes on the second loop than to try and wiggle your way into your suddenly tight wetsuit later.

  • Make creative holiday dishes. Add veggies platters, harvest salads and fruit plates to your feast. Try calorie-cutting options, such as pumpkin-pie ramekins: skip the crust, introduce portion control and add a new twist to your holiday meal.

  • Swap the nap for a walk. It's a stress-relieving activity packed with health benefits. When traveling in airports or walking through malls, avoid moving walkways and escalators; make the extra effort to burn off some calories.

  • Get your flu shot and wash your hands often. According to the Center for Disease Control, it's the best way to prevent flu, and as you travel through packed airports, trains and subway lines in close proximity to people from all over the country, it's best to be prepared, particularly if you are going to be visiting with young children or elderly relatives.

  • Consider the weather. If you are planning to dive or drive over the holidays, plan for weather and thermal considerations.

  • While you may enjoy some holiday spirits, never drink and dive/drive.

  • Be proactive. Don't wait until New Year's Day to start your resolutions. Take the holidays by storm by dedicating extra time to your fitness routines. It's a great way to relieve stress. Whether you dive year-round or in peak season, you'll appreciate the extra effort.

  • Minimize your stress. Head into the holidays with ways to help manage your stress and maximize your fun. Avoid overcommitting to holiday plans. Build in time to rest after travel and some time to yourself. The same goes for dive travel; building in a day of rest helps your body recover from the stress of travel before you start diving.

  • Insure your trip. Holiday travel can be hectic, and things come up, whether it's weather, illness or other unforeseen complications. DAN can help you manage this aspect. Call DAN today to insure your holiday travel plans at +1-919-684-2948 or purchase your coverage online.

Explore more helpful hints for your holiday travels and learn how to stay healthy during the flu season. Happy Holidays.