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Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide

Holiday Survival Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of year, but sometimes all the holiday cheer can take a toll on your health. Follow these five tips to avoid a case of the humbugs this holiday season.

1. Keep off the Santa belly


With time constraints during the holidays, it’s easy to break away from your normal exercise routine. However, maintaining a regular exercise routine is the best way to keep your body healthy after eating all the delicious holiday treats. If spare time is slim, try one of these 10-minute at home workouts.

2. Water, not eggnog


It’s hard to say no to eggnog, but drinking plenty of water helps keep your joints flexible and pain-free. Also keep in mind drinking alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you, try to keep water close by at your holiday parties. *Remember: you should drink at least 6-8 glasses of water per day, so bring water with you wherever you go.

3. Sleep in peace

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Between shopping for the perfect gift, baking sweet treats and attending holiday parties, you’re going to run yourself ragged. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep will reduce the stress on your bones.

4. Decorate with caution


Each year, approximately 6,000 people will visit the emergency room due to a decorating-related fall. If you’re still adding the finishing touches to your holiday decorations, remember to use safety first.

5. Stock up the freezer

stock up the freezer

The holiday season is a busy time of year for everyone, which leaves little time to cook a healthy meal. Avoid the drive-thru with these healthy meals you can prepare ahead of time and enjoy later.


Amidst the excitement and the activity of the holiday season, don’t forget to take care of yourself. If you experience any pain, contact AOC. Call 251-410-3600 for more information or visit us at www.alortho.com and make an appointment.

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Man Up to Health: Men’s Health Week Tips

Guys, it’s time to put your health at the top of your agenda. Many of us take our health for granted, which for stubborn men, can be especially true. The sad truth is most men would not go to the doctor if it weren’t for their wife, mother or significant other pushing them. This week is National Men’s Health Week, so come on guys, man up and take control of your health.

Here are a few tips to help you step up your game:

Regular check-ups

Did you know women are 100 percent more likely to visit a doctor for regular exams than men? Regular check-ups can help find problems before they start as well as detect pre-existing problems such as arthritis. Regular check-ups may seem tedious, but they can help you live a longer, healthier life.

Healthy Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is key to living a long, healthy life. Your bones and joints require certain vitamins and minerals to stay strong. Make sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins A, C, D and E as well as calcium.


Exercise can also help support strong bone and joint health. Strengthening muscles and maintaining a  healthy weight can reduce strain on your joints. Weight-bearing exercises can help maintain bone density. Be mindful high-intensity exercises like running can do more damage than good such as placing more strain on joints and ligaments.


Go to bed! Your body needs rest. Allow your body to rest for at least seven hours. Sleep has many benefits such as improving retention, reducing inflammation and lower stress.

When was the last time you visited AOC for a check-up? Make an appointment today.