In Motion OC - December 2018


It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. YOUR VERY OWN UGLY SWEATER Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for

years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. WHAT EXACTLY IS AN UGLY SWEATER PARTY? It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest. This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!


Sleep deprivation may be sabotaging your recovery goals without you even knowing it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of people aren’t getting enough rest. Most of us would assume that sleep deprivation occurs when we only get two or three hours of sleep a night, but in reality, your body can react negatively when you miss as little as 30 minutes from the total that your body needs. This doesn’t just affect your mental clarity, but it also impacts your body’s willingness to recover. When you’re rehabilitating from an injury, combating inflammation through diet is a crucial part of the process. Believe it or not, sleep plays an integral role with food.

Cortisol is a stress hormone that has a significant effect on your appetite and fat retention. The less sleep you get, the more cortisol your body produces, causing you to retain fat. Also, this imbalance will cause your appetite to spike drastically, which often accompanies cravings for unhealthy food. In other words, your body will want to eat fat and store it. Ghrelin and leptin are also hormones that deviate from the norm when sleep deprivation occurs. Ghrelin is a hormone that tells your brain it’s time to eat, and leptin tells you not to eat anymore. When you’re sleep deprived, ghrelin spikes and leptin plummets, which informs your brain that you need to eat more. According to a study done by Keele

University in the U.K., a lack of sleep can also be attributed to joint pain, especially among those over the age of 50. As physical therapists, we can help you recover during your scheduled sessions at our clinic, but it’s essential to maintain your health outside the confines of our office. Adequate sleep and a healthy diet are two great places to start. To learn more about how to have a comprehensive recovery, both in our facility and at home, give us a call today.


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