10 healthy lifestyle habits to help you relax, even if you think you do not have time.

“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiples, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, hoy to fill your holidays!” – D.M. Dellinger

It is probably not a stretch to say December can be one of the most stressful times of the year.  So my advice is stop reading this (yes I said stop) and stand up, take a few slow, deep breaths and smile. Doesn’t that feel wonderful.  Now you can continue reading.

When we experience this additional stress during this holiday season,  it isn’t surprising that  we generally don’t take care of ourselves. We sleep less, eat more unhealthy foods because we are on the go and we typically exercise less. To help you get energized and cheerful – I have 10 easy to follow holiday fitness tips for your wellness.

  1. Take at least 5 minutes for yourself each day – Detach from everyone around you and listen to music, read a book, meditate, stretch. Only you know what makes you feel energized so do it.
  2. Move every 20 to 30 minutes – This is true throughout the year. Simple standing up can make you feel better but if you can’t stand up try the following:
    a. Toe tap under your desk
    b. Chair twist: Sit up straight in your chair and turn upper body to the right while holding on to the side of the chair. Hold the twist for about 5 seconds and repeat 5 to 10 times. Repeat on other side.
    d. Push ups: Variations include on the floor, desk, chair or wall. Just make certain you are using a secure surface (e.g. no chairs with wheels)
    e. Arms overhead and leaning to opposite side – Great stretch
    f. Squats: This can include squatting and touching your chair, wall squats, or squats without an backing. Remember do not squat further than what is comfortable and do not allow your knees to go past your toes.
    g. Tricep Extension: Optional holding an object, such as a water bottle, Raise arms overhead with elbows close to your ears, bending at the elbow bend forearms behind your head. This should feel great.
    h. Knee raise: Sitting in your chair raise either one or both knees up and hold. Start with 3 to 5 seconds and increase duration of the hold. As your abs/core get stronger you will be able to hold your legs up longer.
    i. Shoulder Pinch: Imagine a pencil between your shoulder blades, squeeze and imagine holding a pencil between your shoulder blades.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep: This is so important for your health…this is when your body recharges itself. There are some great meditation videos on You Tube to help you fall asleep.
  4. Frequent hand washing: Since we tend to overextend ourselves we are more susceptible to getting sick. This is the # 1 strategy to staying healthy.
  5. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water; when possible infuse with fresh fruit to both improve the flavor and it is a nice way to get additional antioxidants.
  6. Eat… do not skip meals: It is understandable that during this time of the year we tend to eat out more and not eat as regularly as we usually do. Try to maintain a healthy diet and do not starve yourself.
  7. Be grateful: Before you get out of bed reflect on at least one thing you are thankful for, it could be simply that you are alive and breathing. Then at night reflect on something that happened during the day you are grateful for. By being conscious of what you are “thankful for” it will increase the likelihood it will happen again – This is part of the Law of Attraction
  8. Get outside and get some fresh air.
  9. Be Grateful…Write down all the good things that have happened during 2017.
  10. Smile and be joyful!

Staying happy and healthy during the holiday season will allow for you to enjoy spending time with your loved ones. For more holiday fitness tips, or for an exercise routine that will work for you please reach out to me at [email protected].  Feel free to follow me on Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Facebook.

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“Just when you feel you have no time to relax, know that this is the moment you most need to make time to relax.”  Matt