Well, it’s that time of year again. The wild and crazy holiday season is here. Yes, things can get hectic, but whatever you do, don’t forget to make your mind and body a priority this holiday season.
With everything that’s going on with all of the events, shopping, dinners, parties and obligations, it’s so easy to let your normal health regimen take a back seat, but if you don’t take care of yourself you can’t take care of everything else. Caring for the physical body allows for the cultivation of strength, endurance, and most importantly, energy.
Regular, mindful movement opens up the ability for us to access our ability to enjoy the gratitude, confidence and love that this season of giving can offer. A practice like Pilates or yoga, which connects body, mind and spirit, is the perfect anecdote to the stresses, bang-ups and hang-ups that may unexpectedly get thrown your way during the holidays.
The therapeutic effects of movement and breath, when combined skillfully with purposeful placement of the muscles and skeletal system, can create a unique experience in the body. It’s one of the most efficient ways to care for one’s self. In just an hour, the entire body is nourished, strengthened and relieved.
“Rest and self-care are so important,” said Eleanor Brownn. “When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”
By committing to a “mindful movement” practice at least twice a week throughout the holidays your days are sure to be more joyous for you and those around you. Here are four things to keep in my when it comes to staying active during the holidays:
- Stress Reduction: It’s no big secret that the act of exercising helps alleviates stress. So, when the holiday pressure is on, pause, breath and schedule a workout. Afterwards, you will feel recharged and ready to tackle that to do list with ease.
- Host a Holiday Mindful Movement Party: Instead of having the traditional holiday party, consider having friends and family join you in a Pilates or yoga session. Or better yet, have Align host your holiday event. We can create a class just for you and your friends on the Pilates equipment, yoga mat, or in the aerial hammocks.
- Hold Yourself Accountable: Create goals that will help you stay on top of your health. Challenge yourself to complete eight Pilates or yoga classes for the month of December. Invite your friends and family members to participate, this way you all are held accountable to show up. The more the merrier!
- Plan Ahead and Make Schedule: At the beginning of the month, sit down and look at the calendar, see if you can make time to move everyday. Alternate between walks, bike rides, pilates or yoga classes.
The Align Team wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!