We often indulge during the holiday season. From turkey dressing to that sweet, creamy pumpkin pie, it can be difficult to stay on track with diet and exercise. Avoid sinking into a slump after the holidays and boost your energy with exercise.
Take it one step at a time! After the holiday festivities, try to ease back into your routine by taking brisk walks. Walking is the most convenient and affordable form of aerobic activity. Studies have shown that brisk walking for at least half an hour, five times a week, has nearly the same health benefits as more vigorous exercise. People who take brisk walks have a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, colon cancer, osteoporosis and perhaps other diseases. Even mental health problems are less frequent in regular walkers.
Invite a friend! An exercise buddy can provide you with the social and emotional support you need on your wellbeing journey. They are also there to hold you accountable for what you are eating and how often you exercise. The motivation can help you to maintain focus and reach your wellbeing goals.
Choose an activity you enjoy and breathe! Rhythmic, repetitive activities such as walking, jogging, swimming or bicycling can be calming and relaxing. Once you get under way, become aware of how your breathing complements the activity. Breathe rhythmically, repeating a focus word, phrase or prayer you’ve chosen. Remember to adopt a passive attitude. When disruptive thoughts intrude, gently turn your mind away from them and focus on moving and breathing.