Pivoting Back to Normal Once the Holiday Fun Stops

Being thought of as “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” the holidays tend to be a time that brings family and friends together to enjoy lots of food, drinks, sweets, and good cheer. It also tends to be when fitness routines and healthy eating are abandoned, sleep schedules are forgotten, and stress levels climb. All this change can take a toll on your body and mind, leaving your routine a mess and you discombobulated with little hope of returning to normal. 

There is no need to worry or regret your choices. Enjoying the fun and excitement of the holiday season with family and friends is essential to creating a happy, healthy life. Embrace the moments and plan to pivot back to your “normal” routines once the holiday fun stops. 

At Fitness Powers, we can help. Our team has shared below six quick and easy tips we use to reclaim our “normal” and revive from all the holiday fun. 

1. Give yourself a breather! 

The holidays can drain you physically and mentally after the holidays, so find your happy place where you can spend some quiet time alone and reconnect with yourself. Do something that allows you to find peace and feel contentment—for example, journaling about all the positive experiences of the holiday season.

2. Get outside!

Being in the sun and enjoying the fresh air is a great way to relax your mind and redirect your thoughts. Take a walk focusing on what you see, feel, and hear. 

3. Create a plan!

Having a plan is a powerful step in returning to a “normal” routine. It allows you to reflect on your daily routines to identify the habits required to create change. A clear plan can also influence how we feel and think about our ability to change.

4. Create Motivation!

We don’t automatically have motivation, so we must create it. Finding resources that build up our drive, knowledge, and support to make positive change can be done in various ways. Connect with a fitness professional, such as The Fitness Powers team; find an online resource like Participaction or listen to a podcast on wellness topics, such as “How To Accelerate Your Wellness By Clarifying The End Result” on Podtail are a few examples.

5. Get your Sleep!

A good night’s sleep is a vital component of overall health. Allowing your body and mind time to rest and recover leads to more focus, energy, and patience during the day, all of which are needed to change back to your “normal.”

6. Dump the Sugar!

Not everyone can go cold turkey so take it one step at a time. Start with something simple and doable. For example, give half your sweets away if you don’t have the willpower to remove all of them. Put the rest in the freezer, where you don’t see them all the time. Out of sight, out of mind.

Remember, creating change isn’t all or nothing. Even one small positive step moves us forward, so as the holiday fun ends, give yourself time and celebrate all those little wins as you pivot back to normal.

12 Days of Fitmas

Try our 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge, where you complete mini-workouts to get you moving during the holiday season. Each workout can be done one, two or three times a day. Whatever works best for you, do something to keep your body moving while you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. 

Fitness Powers wishes you a very healthy and safe holiday season.

Click on the links below to take you to your daily micro workout.

12 Days of Fitmas Introduction – Click Here

Day 1 – Click Here

Day 2 – Click Here

Day 3 – Click Here

Day 4 – Click Here

Day 5 – Click Here

Day 6 – Click Here

Day 7 – Click Here

Day 8 – Click Here

Day 9 – Click Here

Day 10 – Click Here

Day 11 – Click Here

Day 12 – Click Here

For a complete printout of the 12 Days of Fitmas Click Here

Staying Hydrated For Health

Did you know as we age, the risk of dehydration generally increases. The body’s ability to conserve water reduces, and the sense of thirst often diminishes. Medications or medical conditions may also affect an individual’s ability to retain fluids.
 
As the temperature rises in the summer, so does our need to ensure we are sufficiently consuming the fluids we need. If you’re thirsty, you’re already mildly dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, including water, juice, and soups. Plus, water doesn’t have to come from a glass. Try to eat fruits and vegetables high in water, such as apples, cucumbers, grapes, and watermelon. 
 
How do you plan to stay hydrated? 
 
Click here to watch the video from Nurse Dawson.
Click here for more information from the Government of Canada about water intake.

Simple Stretches To Relieve Neck Stiffness

Every day we put our bodies in positions that create stress and tension in the neck region. As a result, the muscles in this area shorten and become tight over time, leading to poor posture, neck stiffness, and discomfort.

The following video will provide you with some simple stretches to help loosen these muscles, increase range of motion, and reduce pain. Click here to watch the video. 

Treadmill Workout For Beginners

Treadmills are great for those who want to start a regular workout routine without leaving your community. They are easy to use and an incredible option for those days when you can not get outside for a walk.

Regularly walking on a treadmill has many health benefits, including maintaining strength and heart health. It may also help improve your mobility and balance and burn calories.

Click here to watch Tracy Reid of Fitness Powers, share tips on getting the most from working out on a treadmill. Enjoy!

Preparing The Body For The Winter

Winter is yet another excellent season for us Canadians; however, it is also when the risk of falling increases due to ice patches. Although you cannot control mother nature, you can control a few things to help eliminate your risk. 

  1. Avoid icy patches if possible.
  2. Wear ice grips.
  3. Use a cane or walking sticks to help with balance
  4. Salt or sand common walking areas.
  5. Practice good walking techniques when on an icy surface.
  6. Slow down and take your time.

Lastly, you need to prepare your body for these situations by staying fit, which means working on strength, endurance, balance, and reaction time.

Reducing Your Risk of Developing Dementia

With the advancement of research into dementia, we see that there is strong evidence that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by making some lifestyle changes. These changes include participating in regular physical activity, staying socially engaged, and maintaining good heart health.

Click on the link below for a quick lesson on how you can reduce your risk of developing dementia.

25-Minute Cardio Dance Workout

Dancing works your heart and lungs, and the more intense the dance, the more complex the workout. Simply put, dance cardio is moving your body while dancing. Cardio is striving to increase metabolic rate, burn calories, and improve stamina.

Benefits of Dancing For Health:

  • Heart and lungs health.
  • A gain in muscular strength and endurance.
  • Better aerobic fitness.
  • Strength and muscle tone.
  • Weight loss.
  • Stronger bones, less osteoporosis.
  • Greater flexibility and coordination.

Click here to participate in the class now.

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