Many people see shopping as a leisurely activity typically participated in by weak women, many slight in stature, wearing heels and fancy outfits. No physical exertion aside from the swiping of a credit card, and no danger aside from the possibility of a broken nail. This is not the case when it comes to holiday shopping. The shoppers, typically dressed in bulky layers for warmth and sneakers for speed, meticulously plan their attack. Once their targets are set, running, jumping and shoving can ensue as these driven women (and men) are cut loose upon the retailer of their choice. All in all, shoppig can be dangerous to your health. By planning ahead and taking precautions holiday shopping can be accomplished without illness or injury to your body, mind or credit card.
For holiday shopping it is imperative to wear the proper footwear. Comfortable, good fitting, supportive shoes will keep you from causing harm to your joints and will keep your feet from fatiguing. Comfort should always be chosen over fashion for long shopping trips. Athletic sneakers are a great choice, although there are also some very supportive dress shoes that would be appropriate and slightly more attractive.
2. Eating habits
Full shopping itineraries and bizarre sale hours can wreak havoc on a shoppers diet. For mental clarity and physical health it is important to eat healthy food and to eat regularly. Once a while fast food is a necessary evil when holiday shopping. But more regularly shoppers need to plan ahead and build eating time into their plan. Ideally shoppers should eat every three hours to keep blood sugar levels steady. Check the shopping route for restaurants and decide ahead of time what would be a healthy and convenience choice. Also keep small snacks with you for a boost of energy between meals. Single serve packs of almonds or high fiber granola bars are a great choice.
The number one way to prevent illness is to practice proper handwashing techniques. This means that you shodul wash your hands often and thoroughly to prevent infections. During the fast and furious holiday shopping season, healthy habits like handwashing may be neglected. If so, you put yourself at serious risk for finding cold medicine and tissues in your stocking. If time or location does not permit frequent handwashing get in the habit of using an alcohol based hand sanitizer instead. Alcohol based products do an excellent job of killing bacteria when utilized per the manufacturers suggestions.
4. Stress reduction
Shopping can be very stressful. Driving, searching, dealing with people and manipulating finances can quickly take the fun out of the shopping trip. The key is to deal with the stress so shopping remains fast, fun and effective. Plan enough time to get from retailer to retailer to prevent road rage. Make a realistic game plan based on how much time is available. By perusing the sale ads early, the financial impact to anticipate can be calculated and a detailed list can be made.
5. Proper hydration
Proper hydration is not defined as consuming numerous fancy, iced coffee drinks while shopping. Proper hydration is important because when the body becomes hydrated is can leave you feeling sluggish, achy and can even cause lower back pains. Doctors recommend 8 glasses of water per day, more if you are active. During serious shopping excursions with fast paced walking (think Black Friday sales), your trip can actually rival the energy output of a moderate workout. You wouldn’t consider working out without water so don’t shop without water either.
Holiday shopping to some is a necessary evil and to others it is the most highly anticipated event of the year. Planning ahead to can make the difference between a disastrous shopping trip ending in exhaustion, dehydration, stress and pain and an enjoyable and fruitful trip. Making healthy choices can make for a healthy holiday shopping season!
Wash your hands. http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/. Accessed October 31, 2010.
Water: How much should you drink every day? http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283. Accessed October 31, 2010.