By Lynne Morioka - Contributor

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Simple tips to balance stamina with good health this holiday season

December 1, 2017

Some people hit the stores at the crack of dawn on Black Friday. Others limbered up their clicking fingers for online deals on Cyber Monday. And then there are those who wait until the last minute to stuff their stockings.

Amid all the holiday hustle and bustle — and the stress you feel when the hottest holiday toy is out of stock — it’s easy to put healthy habits on the back burner.

We want to help you stay balanced, healthy and sane when you’re battling for bargains. Use Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s do.® app for gentle activities and reminders to do something fun for your health.

Get started with these four simple activities:

Get up

Shopping online? Sitting for long periods of time can strain your back, neck, shoulders, arms and hands.

Get out of your chair!

Take regular breaks to get up and move around for a couple minutes two times per hour. Set a timer to remind yourself every 20 minutes, if you need to. If you’re really glued to your device, stand up and use it for up to eight minutes.

How? Try a Stand activity in the do. app, even for as short as 15 seconds.


Stay hydrated

While you’re running through a mall or waiting in line to see Santa, you need to stay hydrated to help keep your joints lubricated, prevent dry mouth and stay alert.

Sip water instead of coffee by keeping caffeinated beverages to a minimum. Too much caffeine can cause insomnia, upset stomach, irritability and more.

How? Use the do. app to set a reminder to drink water during the day.

Eat healthy

Screens and snacking often go hand in hand. Want to be in tiptop shape to bag the best bargains? Eat three balanced meals and, if you choose to snack, go with fruits, vegetables, nuts or high-protein options like low-sugar yogurt, cottage cheese or hard-boiled eggs. Sustained energy will keep you clicking a lot longer than a sugar high (and the inevitable crash).

How? The do. app has reminders to keep you accountable to make healthier snack or meal choices — and not just grab the nearest junk food— while you’re out running from store to store.

Stay calm

The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many people, and that includes finding the perfect gift or the inevitable awkward family conversation. Take a break to rest your mind and breathe — even if it’s at your holiday dinner.

How? Step back from the computer or carving knife to do the Good Vibes activity. This breathing exercise will help you reset by reflecting, managing stress and staying present.

Download do.

The do. app is a fun, easy and creative way to add small steps throughout each day to help you feel better. From a six-second breath to a wrist stretch, you’ll get reminders that will encourage you to take a quick break from your day.

The app is free, available for Apple and Android devices and it’s for everyone.

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