Health and Wellness: Maintaining Your Back-to-School Stress

As summer winds down, it is normal to feel stressed whether you’re headed to school or preparing your family for back-to-school schedules this fall. With school supply shopping, sport events and practices, and a busy work schedule, healthy eating and regular exercise are often forgotten as priorities. As a double board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring procedures, Dr. David Whiteman understands the important role of physical and mental health in maintaining surgical results. While we’re all busy this season, Dr. Whiteman offers a few tips to help patients continue living a healthy lifestyle.Health and Wellness: Maintaining Your Back-to-School Stress

One of the best methods to minimizing stress is time management. Establishing and continuing a routine will help you stay on track with scheduling time for exercise and rest. Routines will also help children adjust to their new school schedules. Exercise is important as a way of relieving stress and staying in shape. As discussed in a previous health and wellness blog, getting enough sleep is essential to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance. Proper rest and exercise can help prevent noticeable signs of aging, as well as reduce levels of stress.

In addition, busy schedules and stress commonly affect our eating habits. Heightened stress often causes an increase in appetite as people often turn to food for comfort. Studies published by The New England Journal of Medicine have shown that eating more frequently throughout the day helps people lose weight and keeps metabolisms going. Be sure to pack healthy snacks for throughout the day and limit the amount of times you go out to eat. It is best to prepare food at home and establish dinnertime as a time to reconnect with your family after an active day.

It’s known that stress is one of the leading causes of weight gain and visible signs of aging. While Dr. Whiteman provides various facial and body cosmetic procedures, it is important for patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle before and after surgery. Plastic surgery should never be used as a weight-loss solution. Instead, procedures like liposuction and tummy tuck are reserved for patients with small, stubborn areas of unwanted fat. Facial procedures, such as facelift and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), can achieve a more youthful, refreshed appearance, but it does not completely stop the effects of aging. It is important to get a proper amount of sleep as well as exercise and healthy eating to prevent further signs of aging from appearing.

If you’re interested in learning more about body contouring or other plastic surgery procedures, contact us today. To jump start your healthy lifestyle plan, Jackie Madison is certified in Lifestyle & Weight Management and serves as our in-office resource for patients. Patients can also work with Daryl Madison, an ACE certified personal trainer whom Dr. Whiteman has partnered with to provide a helpful resource for diet and exercise programs. For more updates on plastic surgery and health and wellness, be sure to connect with Dr. Whiteman on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Exercising during the Holidays

The holidays are a time for celebrating, spending time with family, and enjoying traditions; which usually includes eating your favorite foods. People tend to gorge over the holidays and devise New Year’s resolutions to lose the weight gained during the holiday season. Southern Plastic Surgery has some simple tips for these weight concerns: exercise during the holiday season so you won’t dig yourself into a deeper hole, or consider the benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), or other weight loss procedures if you exercise regularly but still have problem areas.

Even if you’re considering a cosmetic surgery procedure, it is still important to exercise. There are many obstacles that cause people to stray from their workout programs during the holidays. Here are some tips for staying fit and motivated this holiday season:

• Be creative: Holidays mean traveling to who knows where to shop and visit friends and family, so don’t expect that you will be able to do your usual routine. Take extra clothes with you wherever you go and make the time to work out.

• Make a plan: People tend to have everything planned out during the holidays, so don’t forget to incorporate your workout plans. This means deciding on a time, place, type of workout, etc.

• Set goals: Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions and set some goals, maybe even enter a holiday road race with some of your loved ones. Setting goals is important and beneficial, but they need to be realistic. There’s no need to set yourself up for sure disappointment.

• Don’t let one off day throw you off track: Everyone has days that they slip up on their workout routine, but people need to be cautious, and get back on schedule the next day rather than dwelling on their slip up and doing nothing. In fact, to make it easier, schedule a day off from your workout plan to rest, just be sure to practice self-control and start again the next day.

•  Make a back-up fitness plan: Nothing ever goes exactly as planned. Just remain flexible and have a back-up plan. That way, you can enjoy time at family gatherings and not fret missing a workout.

• Plan family fitness outings: Walk to see the lights around your neighborhood, play touch football in the yard, go ice skating, or go on a shopping spree with the girls. Don’t be lazy! Incorporate exercise into your plans, even if it’s not the main goal of the outing.

• Do what you can where you are: Maybe your flight gets delayed and nothing goes as planned? Don’t use life as an excuse to just sit around and complain. Find a space and stretch, do pushups, sit ups, or walk the terminal.

• Make good food choices: Holiday foods are notoriously packed with calories.  It’s fine to enjoy these foods in moderation, but it’s important to not overindulge. People often make the mistake of not eating all day so that they can let loose at a holiday party. Dr. Whiteman recommends eating a healthy snack before going out to avoid eating extra calories to compensate for your hunger. Exercising in the morning will also help you relax more and provide some calorie wiggle room at the party.

Staying fit over the holidays is all about self-control and moderation. Dr. Whiteman believes that exercise is an important part in overall health and wellness, and plastic surgery should not replace any exercise plan. Exercise, along with improving overall health, can also improve your plastic surgery results. For information on health and wellness and plastic surgery, visit our website, and keep reading the blog.