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Hey Santa, Stop Hitting Snooze!

I’m a young woman, but sometimes all of the STUFF that goes into Christmas, from the parties to the shopping to the family time, can be so exhausting! That’s why I rely on the experts at Sharecare for energy-boosting advice during this hectic time of year.

Break a Sweat
“There’s just so much to do,” “It’s cold” and “I don’t wanna” are just a few of the excuses that run through my head when I think about exercising during the holiday season. But Dr. Oz won’t let me get away with that. He says exercise will actually give me the energy I need to help me get through the busiest time of year. “Although it may seem counter-intuitive, exercise fights fatigue and boosts energy levels,” says Dr. Oz. I guess I’ll see you at the gym!

Mind Your Body
The National Academy of Sports Medicine
says, in addition to seven to nine hours of sleep, breathing and calming exercises such as yoga, meditation and Tai Chi can help restore mood and energy levels and reduce stress.

Hydrate
The holiday season is a marathon, not a sprint. And like running a marathon, keeping up with the holiday hustle requires hydration. I’m going to keep a bottle of water with me at all times, and drink it throughout the day (being dehydrated can be very tiring!). Wondering about those holiday cocktails? Amaris Noguera, MPH, RD, says to keep alcohol intake to no more than two drinks a day for men and no more than one drink a day for women. More than that could sap your energy. And I know you’ll be needing that energy for all that STUFF!

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Taylor Dahl

Taylor Dahl is the Associate Editor and Web Producer at Sharecare. Taylor has experience in digital, print and social media for companies such as Time Inc., Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing and the United States Marine Corps. Favorite exercise: dog-walking or the elliptical. Health vice: Diet Coke. Wellness goal: lose 15 pounds on the Transformation Nation program.

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