The Gift of Health & Fitness (Happy Holidays!)
Happy Holidays from Teesha Yoga! For this particular Teesha Talk Tuesday, we would like to share (and promote) the gift of health and fitness, and the benefits that they offer combined with yoga. 'Tis the season of self-care, so the best way to do that is devote time to daily acts of self-care and putting forth healthy habits in your daily routine. We know that as we are all home for the holiday season (as well as for quarantine) that we are more inclined to delve into unhealthy habits that may delay our health and body goals, such as consuming more junk food, spending more time on social media and less time enjoying the great outdoors, and potentially less time devoted to getting a good night's rest. Here are a few tips on what to do to stay on track for with your health during this holiday season:
Consistency is arguably the most important component when working to accomplish goals, in or out of the gym. Without consistency, programs are unorganized, the body has a harder time adapting, and forming habits may be more challenging. Keep in mind that consistency doesn't just apply to frequency of workouts, but how consistently the you adhere to the workout format. It's no surprise that those who follow their plan precisely are the ones that see the greatest improvements in performance. More consistency = stronger and faster results.
2. START SMALL AND BUILD UP.
Opt for going out on a walk on the days you may not feel as energized to fully workout, but would still like to remain active. Walking is a low-impact exercise that offers limited strain, making it activity to share with your family. As much as you can, wear comfortable running walking shoes so you can get moving whenever possible. A 30-45 minute stroll around the neighborhood or nearest park is recommended. Going for a walk exposes you to the beautiful nutrients of the sun - VITAMIN D! Vitamin D has the power to relieve anxiety, eliminate stress, and naturally elevate your mood! So, if you've got the quarantine blues and cabin fever, taking a walk with Vitamin D will greatly help.
3. WAKE UP EARLIER.
Being that we are all at home quarantining to stop the spread of COVID-19, you are more likely to want to sleep in and gradually make a habit of it to sleep further into the morning. Starting your day early (at about 6:30-7am) gives you more time for morning walks or runs, more control over your diet (what and at which times you choose to eat breakfast and morning snacks), and typically more things off your to do list. Make it a habit to start your day an hour earlier than you normally would, so you won't fall into the trap of sleeping in and starting your day later on. This will not only reduce your stress levels but promote morning positivity and allows you to start the day on a more optimistic note.
4. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
Alongside being consistent, planning according to your daily routine as well as to events that may pop up along you to still be able to fit in a workout for the day. For example, if you know that on Tuesdays and Thursdays your afternoons are filled with book club activities, you can plan to do a smaller workout in the morning or evening to work around it. If you integrate working out into your schedule by planning ahead, you're more likely to follow through with it since you've etched out time for it. This allows you to have a stronger peace of mind and more confidence in the plans that you set out to complete.
5. CLEAN YOUR HOUSE/DO CHORES.
Believe it or not, cleaning is a form of exercise. With all the bending, squatting, stretching, and extending you do to get into the nook and crannies of each corner of your island or around your towel bowl, you're burning calories simultaneously. Not only does this keep you up-to-date on your weekly house chores, but it also keeps you up and active, burning calories and staying healthy. Whether you're walking back and forth with a mop (or vacuum) or sorting the laundry, cleaning is the perfect way to incorporate your health goals with daily activities at home.
Now, as you're nestling into your loungewear and melting into the couch with your Christmas shopping lists, consider sharing the gift of healthy options to conduct during this holiday quarantine. Happy Holidays!