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Reader Tips for Staying Fit and Healthy During the Holidays

Last week in the Everyday EMS Tips newsletter I asked readers for their tips to stay fit and well during the holidays. These are a few of the many responses I received. (I added bold emphasis) 

It was so great to hear from so many people. I am sending three contributors gift cards from Road ID. Make sure to review the Road ID – identification for endurance athletes – information for emergency responders.

Add your tips, ideas, and resources to the comments.

CJ wrote, “This month I find myself traveling for conferences and use the time in hotels to actually improve my health. I use the exercise room or pool every day and walk wherever I can– great for fending off jet lag and the lethargy that comes from sitting in meetings (no matter how wonderful the presentations). I also carry healthy snacks in my bag and focus on healthy restaurant choices.”

Jeff wrote, “I am paying more attention to what I eat, particularly at holiday gatherings. Also I am being more health conscious: taking the stairs instead of elevators, parking farther away at the grocery store, etc. I know that it is only small steps, but every little bit helps.”

Jay wrote, “I eat healthy food and continue with my swimming programme.”

Justin wrote, “I make it a point to exercise portion control at holiday meals, and stay vigilant to maintain 3 days a week at the gym, despite the post holiday crowding!!”

Tracy wrote, “We are just starting the winter season.. It’s to dark to run after work so I’m on the road no later than 0500 every morning getting in at least 5 miles to start my day. I have re-joined our local Family YMCA as the road and sidewalks begin to get icy I will begin to run inside on their track and treadmills. I also again play basketball in the 35 and older league that will start the end of January. It’s all about me keeping moving.”

Bryan wrote, “I’m attempting to stay fit by cycling ~40mins per day… this on top of the regular physio exercise regime for a shoulder injury.”

Brian wrote, “I’m getting into power lifting. It’s the exact opposite of the endurance sports I’ve been doing for twenty years. Maybe that’s why I enjoy it. It’s completely new to me and a challenge unlike I’ve ever taken on before.”

Sherry wrote, “I get the majority of my exercise with the Fire Dept. I have been a VFF for almost 12 years now, they drill us pretty good on a regular basis not to mention the calls. I walk my two dogs several times a day which keeps me pretty busy.”

Sherril wrote, “Going to the gym, every day I am off.”

Curt wrote, “For the winter, I snowshoe through the mountains with my SAR K-9 (Golden Retiever), and ice skate. Two activities I participated in up in norther Oconto County where my folks had a cabin.”

Joe wrote, “I walk and play racquetball with some Docs from the local er! Oh yea, I usually win!”

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.