What we’ll cover
  1. Keep moving
  2. Consistency is key
  3. Avoid prolonged sitting
  4. Be mindful of your posture
  5. Enjoy things in moderation

5 tips to stay healthy and injury free this Christmas holiday period

With Christmas and holidays just around the corner, our physiotherapist Sarah Yule shares her 5 best tips to help keep you and your family healthy and injury free this festive season.

Christmas time is often a fun time of year spent celebrating with family and friends, however this also means that it is often an indulgent time of year, with multiple social events causing us to eat and drink more and exercise less.

So this year when making your Christmas lists and checking them twice, perhaps it’s worth thinking about the gift that keeps on giving; your health.

Keep moving

Exercise is a great way to keep our bodies moving, try to make physical activity a regular part of your holiday routine. Getting active is a great way to spend time with friends, family, children and grandchildren – it’s also very important to promote physical activity across all generations.

To meet the National Physical Activity Guidelines, children require a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each day, with adults requiring a minimum of 30 minutes each day.

Consistency is key

How often and for how long you exercise should be an individual decision that is based on what you are used to, and what you intend to come back into following the holiday break. Large fluctuations in training load or coming back too quickly following time off is one of the most common reasons for people injuring themselves at this time of year.

A simple way of managing load is to ensure that the amount of exercise you do in a week is never increased by more than 30% of your average weekly exercise over the past month. For example, if you have averaged a total of 3 weekly hours of exercise over than past month, then in your next week you should do no more than 4 hours of total exercise.

Avoid prolonged sitting

It is a common time of year to spend long periods of time sitting, as we socialise with friends and family, spend time on the couch recovering from Christmas lunch/dinner and spend long periods of time sitting in a car travelling to/from favourite holiday destinations.

Sitting for long periods of time has been shown to be detrimental on our health and can lead to the onset of low back pain as well as increase the likelihood of developing certain chronic illnesses such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer.

Try following these simple tips:

  • Avoid sitting for longer than 30 minutes.
  • Take regular breaks to stretch your legs when driving/ travelling.
  • When travelling, try a short walk when you arrive to your destination.

Be mindful of your posture

Take care of your spine when carrying around heavy bags filled with last minute Christmas shopping. If you are currently in pain or are managing an injury/ long-term condition, try to avoid the mad rush to clean your house in the hours before relatives arrive. There is no point in having it pristine clean when as a result you leave yourself in agony! Try to stay organised and pace yourself.

Enjoy things in moderation

Christmas is a fun time of year to celebrate with family and friends by eating delicious food and drink. Setting regular meal times is an easy way to stop the mindless grazing all day. It’s ok to enjoy those indulgent treats too, just try to be mindful of portion sizes.

From everyone at Malvern East Physiotherapy, we hope you enjoy a safe and healthy holiday season. Should you require our physiotherapy services throughout this time, we will be remaining open so please either call us or book online here.

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Back to school 🔙📚

Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

You Deserve to Feel Good.

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