I don’t want to contradict my earlier blog on maintaining the balance over Christmas … I absolutely agree that you shouldn’t forget about your exercise regime totally over the holidays, and squeeze in a workout or two where you can. However … I also wanted to say how important it is to relax and take some time off to recuperate.
Our lives are typically 100mph, we go from one thing to the next – so why not take the opportunity to have a bit of time out over the holidays this year. Try doing the below to unwind and give your body some well-deserved TLC:
1. Have a lie-in
If you read my previous post, you will know the importance of sleep for good health. It also mentioned how it is actually possible to catch up on sleep if you have been deprived of all the shut-eye you need. So don’t feel guilty staying under the duvet for an extra hour this Christmas.
2. Try some yoga
One of the many benefits of yoga is relaxation, which is great for our mood … perfect for a nice calming experience away from all the noise and excitement of Christmas! It also gives us time to have a nice stretch – something that can be forgotten (or not prioritised) in a fitness routine, but it vitally important for injury prevention.
3. Get a massage
De-stress this winter with a warming massage. Stress is not good for our health (for one, it increases the hormone cortisol which in large amounts can be destructive as it is a catabolic hormone that breaks things down, like our muscles … it has also been linked to stimulating appetite). Massage counteracts the stress response and initiates the relaxation response – helping to reduce muscle tension and get your body to regain homeostasis (the balance of all internal processes in the body).
4. Time out to appreciate
Having a bit more free time is perfect to reflect on all the positives in your lives – whether that be a successful career, an amazing family, your dog, or even the miracle of being here on earth! Use this positivity to think about how you will develop yourself in the New Year and be an even better you (if that’s possible of course!!)
So take advantage of some time off, and incorporate some relaxation techniques into your Christmas craziness!
Oh, and have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! I will see you in 2016 for yet more blogs :)