With the holidays coming up and temptation all around, many find maintaining healthy habits a challenge. While November can be a jolly month, it can also be stressful with large gatherings to prepare for and potentially more responsibilities than usual.

When stress hits and time gets crunched, it’s all too easy to let preventative healthy lifestyle behaviors take a back seat. But stressful times make it all the more important to stay on track! We’re all only human—nobody is perfect—but we wanted to give you tips on how to best manage the coming months, helping you stay healthy and feeling as good as possible.

From delicious, nutritious recipes for your body to inspiration for your mind and soul, November’s Inside Pain articles offer abundant insight to help you live your best life.

Also, we love to hear from you! Be sure to comment and tell us which articles you love, or what you’d like to see more of.

Diabetes Awareness Month

It’s rather appropriate that November is Diabetes Awareness Month, the precise time that cookies, cakes, and other sugary delights start flowing. The holidays can be a difficult time for those who need to avoid sweets. We’ve got a collection of articles to make it easier.

  • 6 New Research Studies For American Diabetes Month: This November, learn why diet soda may be doing more harm to your health than you realize, read about new scientific advances around an artificial pancreas, and discover the interesting way zebrafish are helping scientists develop new, promising drugs.
  • Native Americans Face Diabetes Epidemic: Did you know that Native Americans experience some of the highest rates of diabetes in the world? Learn why and read about some of the initiatives underway to reverse the epidemic.
  • Can Exercise Help Prevent Or Manage Diabetes?: It may seem like an open and shut case, but the data is actually much more nuanced. Learn about some recent studies that are revealing exactly who experiences the most protective benefits from exercise.

Exercise tips

Even though it’s getting colder outside, exercising during the winter months is essential for those committed to their health. Here are some articles to keep your game strong all winter long.

  • How To Golf Pain-Free: Golf is a popular sport, but unfortunately many golfers develop pain. The good news is that pain can often be avoided with proper warm-up, equipment, and technique. Here is your guide to reducing the risk for pain while putting on par.
  • Warming Exercises for Fall: Dropping temperatures make running or biking outside less tempting. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to exercise indoors. Don’t miss this article for some innovative workouts, including a few heated options to keep you extra toasty.

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Coping with cold weather

In Arizona, sizzling summertime temperatures have finally departed, leaving residents either rejoicing about the cold or heading for the nearest sauna. Either way, many people are bundling up and encountering new obstacles to staying healthy during these colder months. Here are a few ways to maximize your life this November.

  • 11 Ways To Boost Energy During Fall and Winter: As the number of daylight hours shrink, our bodies naturally get the message to hibernate. Unfortunately, sleeping all winter long isn’t an option. Read this article for a variety of ways to gently wake your body up and find the energy boost you’re looking for.

Personal development

Looking for a good book to read this winter? Or perhaps some fresh perspectives to broaden your mind? As the year winds down during November, it’s an excellent time to curl up with a mind-expanding book or even an interesting online read. Many people engage in year-end reviews of their lives, thinking about what they’ve accomplished and what they would like to improve upon or continue in the future.

Either way, it’s always a good time for new information. Our brains thrive on engagement, and we believe that healthy minds contribute to healthy lives!

  • Book Review: Daring Greatly By Brene Brown: This book by shame and vulnerability researcher Brene Brown is on the best-selling charts and garnering rave reviews for good reason. Her thoughts about vulnerability and the courage needed to live an authentic life are potentially life changing.

If you read the book, leave a comment and tell us your thoughts! This book would also make a wonderful gift for any friends or loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is so much more than a day to watch football and eat copious amounts of turkey. It’s a day to recognize all the abundance that’s present in life. No matter what you’re going through, there are always things to be grateful for! Not to mention that the simple act of gratitude has been linked to amazing mental and physical health benefits.

  • 10 Best Pain Healthy Recipes For The Holidays: Whether you’re looking for a delicious recipe to enjoy all winter long or just for Thanksgiving, we’ve got you covered in this article full of recipes from our own blog and those around the web. You definitely don’t need to sacrifice taste when cooking healthy food, and these ten recipes prove it!
  • Arizona Pain Gives Thanks On Thanksgiving: This is our special holiday note, from our family to yours. In it, you’ll also learn about the ways we give back and work to create more community for you, our patients, and all those who need a helping hand. Happy holidays!

What are you most excited for this holiday season?

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