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People are kicking into high gear to prepare for the  holidays. Here are some health tips from doctors:

• Lift correctly. To avoid back injuries, stand close to objects bend your knees and keep your torso straight as you lift.

• Disinfect shopping carts. They tend to be particularly germy during the winter, so carry sanitizing wipes or use free wipes provided by stores.

• Take care of yourself. Stress can cause illness, so be sure to drink plenty of water, eat healthfully, schedule downtime and go to bed at a decent hour.

• Don’t go too crazy with exercise. Many people are so worried about holiday weight gain that they ramp up workouts too suddenly. 

• Wear sensible shoes. Don’t go shopping in high heels or footwear that doesn’t fit properly. 

• Don’t hang decorations alone. Whenever you climb a ladder, you should have a spotter to hold the base steady, reducing the risk of a fall.

• Protect kids’ tummies. As sugary, fatty holiday treats start to pile up at home, children are at particular risk for constipation and other digestive issues. Take extra time to be sure they (and you) also get plenty of low-fat, high-fiber foods.

• Clean out your purse. Don’t strain your shoulders and back by lugging unnecessary items while shopping.

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