Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day a lot of us will gain a few extra pounds. We will start the New Year with one of the same resolutions that we make every year; lose the holiday weight. Why not start off this next year with a fresh resolution that doesn’t involve the weight you put on the last month of the year?
Overeating and lack of exercise are the obvious culprits. Overeating and lack of exercise are also to blame for increased levels of fatigue and stress that often sneak their way into this joyous time of the year. The holidays can be celebratory without ruining the hard work you put into your health all year.
The number one tip is to not skip out on your regular fitness routine. Don’t make the excuse that you don’t have enough time to workout because your have holiday priorities; i.e. parties, shopping, gift wrapping, decorating, and cooking. While you might be a bit more crunched for time with the additional responsibilities that come with the season, it is important to always make time for you. It is totally fine to modify your regular routine, as long as you keep moving. The more active you are, the more energy you will have too.
You can also get creative with your fitness during the holiday season by trying out some of these fun ideas:
- Bike or walk around your neighborhood to check out all of the holiday decorations instead of driving.
- Engage your family and friends in games and activities like touch football, a snowball fight (for those living up north), paddle boarding or kayaking (Florida winter is so lovely for these activities), or a yoga class. Tis’ the season to be together!
- Be the super cool grandparent, aunt/uncle, cousin, or parent who runs around and plays made up games with the little ones in the group. You will definitely burn some calories keeping up with high-energy kids.
- Put some pep in your step when you are doing your holiday shopping and always take the stairs to get some extra steps in.
The key is to keep moving. The more you move the more your metabolism moves. The more you move the more calories you burn and the less those delicious indulgences will affect your waistline. Prioritize wellness and fitness this holiday season and you will start off the New Year on a healthy and happy foot.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. “ -Earl Nightingale
The holiday season tends to bring with it an array of emotions like joy, excitement, festivity, stress, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as social and familial obligations, extensive planning and prepping, and financial burdens. It is easy to get caught up in the not-so-jubilant side of the holidays, especially when holiday priorities get a bit mixed up.
What’s the true meaning of the holidays? It is really all about presents and the obligatory parties? It’s important to take a moment before the calendar clocks in at December 1, to really think about what you really want this month to be like. This time of the year shouldn’t be one that brings on emotional and financial anxiety, heavy bouts of fatigue, a bah humbug attitude, or in-concrete commitments to every single holiday gathering. This time of the year should be one of joyous celebration and lightheartedness.
It’s all about priorities. What brings you the most joy during this month? Is it baking traditional holiday cookies like you did when you were a child? Is it walking around the neighborhood and looking at all the Christmas lights? Is it getting together with your closest friends and family for eight nights in a row? Is it that first cup of coffee on Christmas morning and waiting for your children to come unwrap that one present they’ve wanted all year long? Is it putting on a sparkling dress and toasting to a brand new year with the people who are most important in your life?
Our traditions and beliefs are all different, but it is those traditions and beliefs that make this time of the year so special. Remember why you celebrate. Make time for the traditions that mean the most to you. Make time for the people who bring light and love into your life. The holidays are about “rejoicing with your family in the beautiful land of life,” as Albert Einstein once said.
This month we will be offering a series on “how to survive the holiday season” with tips on staying active, eating healthy, reducing stress, and enjoying this glorious month to the fullest.
Thanks for sharing a smile with us today!
The end of the year is fast approaching. It always seems like after Halloween the remainder of the year is just here and gone. While you might have a lot of things going on, it’s a good time to think about coming on in and visiting us. We have some pretty convincing reasons why you should visit us before the year officially closes out.
- Use up your benefits from your dental insurance.
- Use up your Flexible Spending Account.
*You paid for your dental insurance and or put money into your FSA, so why not use what you already spent your money on? You still have time!
- Who doesn’t want a pearly white smile to show off at all of your holiday parties? What better way to start the New Year than with a sparkling grin? A little birdie heard through the grapevine that starting this next week and through the end of the year, you can get $200 off any Zoom Whitening procedure, whether it’s in office or take home.
- Have you come in for a cleaning at least twice this year? If not, book yours today! This is a great way to use the rest of your dental insurance benefits or FSA.
- Treat yourself to a HydraFacial. Say goodbye to dull and damaged skin and hello to holiday-ready glowing skin! HydraFacials are great for all skin types and concerns. Ivonne is an expert at assessing what your skin needs. You will see immediate results. It is also a nice way to just relax and pamper yourself a bit amidst the holiday hustle and bustle.
- Get some of your holiday shopping done. We have Sonicare toothbrushes, medical-grade skin products, mineral sunscreens, gorgeous lip glosses, HydraFacial gift certificates, and more!
Call and make an appointment today! We’d love to see you!
And so it begins…the holidays are rapidly approaching and in the blink of an eye we will be counting down to the first minute of a brand new year. Between Thanksgiving, holiday parties, holiday shopping, traditional feast preparations, and family visits or visits to the family; and then throw in work and your regular responsibilities and you’re in a full-blown holiday hustle for the next two months. It is important though to make time to take care of yourself and your health.
We tend to eat more than we normally do, exercise less and fall out of our healthy routines, spend more money than we should, and overexert and exhaust ourselves by RSVP-ing “yes” to everything. We also tend to make resolutions for the new year at New Year’s Eve and then never really follow through with them.
We make these pseudo promises to ourselves to lose weight, eat healthier, drink less, exercise more, et cetera. But then two months before we attempt these changes, we gain weight, over indulge in holiday treats, drink more alcohol, and skip out on our exercise routines, which in the end makes the new year and those resolutions so much harder to start and stick to.
Let’s make this year different! Let’s take a more mindful approach to the holiday season. While Christmas music can come too soon, taking care of your mind and body is best sooner rather than later. When you take care of yourself, everything else will fall into place. There is nothing more important than your health and the health of your family.
For the next two months, we would like to take this mindful holiday journey with you and share with you ideas, inspiration, and advice for making this holiday season a healthy and happy one. At Parker Dentistry Facial Rejuvenation and Wellness, we are more than just a dental practice, but we obviously want to see you and are going to start this series off with 7 motivating reasons why you should come visit us before the end of the year. Stay tuned!
Thank you for sharing a smile with us this week.
Don't forget--your smile is one of your most valuable personal assets. If it looks deeply stained or chipped, it detracts from how you look and from your self-confidence. Why not show off a beautiful smile with porcelain veneers from your cosmetic dentists at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood, FL? Shell-like covers of fine dental porcelain permanently bonded to the front of healthy teeth, veneers beautify smile aesthetics, giving you a look just right for you.
Why use porcelain veneers?
Drs. Stephen and Blake Parker offer porcelain veneers--also called dental laminates--for patients who have healthy teeth and gums but exhibit enamel defects such as:
- Chips, pits and cracks
- Deep stains which can't respond to professional whitening
- Gaps and mild crowding
- Uneven length and odd shape
Besides creating an bright and even look, veneers strengthen tooth enamel and last for ten years or more. Considered a permanent smile enhancement, veneers resists stains and chips, and they cannot decay. Plus, they are so popular that millions of Americans have use them to improve their smiles.
During a personal consultation with your cosmetic dentist in Hollywood, FL, you can discuss how you'd like to improve your smile. Dr. Parker will evaluate your oral health and what changes he feels could be accomplished with porcelain veneers. With an agreed upon treatment plan in place, expect to receive your veneers in just a couple of visits to Parker Dentistry.
Because you'll need a little extra space in your mouth to accommodate your veneers, Dr. Parker will resurface your teeth, removing about 1/2 millimeter of enamel. Then, he'll take oral impressions and clean your teeth. Dr. Parker also places temporary veneers to keep you comfortable and smiling as the permanent ones are crafted. The impressions go to a dental lab in the area where a skilled technician will sculpt each veneer from color-matched ceramic.
At your next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary veneers and uses a special etching liquid and bonding cement to place the permanent laminates. He'll fit them carefully against your gum tissue to avoid any irritation or sensitivity. Additionally, he colors the bonding cement for a completely natural look. After curing the cement and adjusting the bite, the veneer process is complete.
Caring for porcelain veneers
Expect your dental laminates to last about ten years or more. Just brush and floss carefully as you usually do and see your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Parker and his team every six months for your routine exams and cleanings. Avoid chewing hard foods such as taffy, ice or peanut brittle, and wear a bite guard if you grind your teeth or play sports.
See you soon
To improve your smile beyond what you ever hoped, see the experts at Parker Dentistry in Hollywood. Porcelain veneers are just one of the fabulous cosmetic smile enhancements they offer. Call today for an appointment: (954) 983-5450.
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