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By: Alison Jacobson
Posted on: Nov 9, 2017

Getting Your Mind and Body in Shape For the Holidays

This blog was contributed by Alison Jacobson from The Safety Mom.

Now that bathing suit season is over, it’s easy to let our exercise routine slip a bit (as well as other things like shaving our legs, ladies?) With the holidays rapidly approaching it’s easy to put on extra pounds with the cookies, pies and holiday cocktails, not to mention the left-over Halloween candy! And of course, there’s the stress eating when we’re dealing with family members visiting for the holidays.

Here are some tips to keep your mind as well as your body healthy during the holiday season:

1. Find small windows of time to exercise

You might not be able to fit in a one hour Pilates class but even 15 minutes of exercise is better than nothing. Bundle up and take a brisk walk, go ice skating with your kids or invest in some weights and do a work-out at home. Venture Products yoga mats are also great for working out at home and come with the added benefit of built-in protection, so they stay cleaner and fresher for longer.

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2. Stock up on healthy grab-and-go snacks

Let’s face it, it’s hard to find healthy meals at the food court and even if you can the aroma of Cinnabon is hard to resist! Plan and take some healthy snacks with you while you’re doing your shopping. You can use a small soft-sided cooler, like the personal lunch bags from Artic Zone to drop in your purse or backpack to keep your snack cool while you’re out.

3. Get enough sleep

It’ easy to get run down when our schedules are filled with parties, activities and shopping so make sure to take care of yourself. There’s nothing worse than spending the holidays with the flu! Also, keep germs at bay by frequently wiping down high-touch areas and washing your hands frequently.

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4. Take a breath

When we’re stressed out we literally tend to hold our breath. Practicing a three-part breath helps calm you down and focus. Here’s how to do it:

  • Expand your belly as you inhale – filling it up like a balloon.
  • As you exhale, slowly expel the air out from your belly and draw your navel towards your spine to empty.
  • On the next inhale, fill the belly as before. When the belly is full, continue to fill the rib cage, allow the ribs to expand in all directions.
  • On the exhale, let the air go first from the rib cage, letting the ribs come closer together, then from the belly.
  • On the next inhale, expand the belly, then the ribs. When they are full continue to fill the chest. Imagine your heart is right in the middle of your breastbone and you are breathing into and expanding your heart.
  • On the exhale, let the breath go first from the upper chest, then from the ribs and lastly the belly.

You can do this sitting at a stoplight or waiting in the pick-up line at school.

Keeping a healthy mind and body is the best gift you can give yourself for surviving the holiday chaos. Follow us on Facebookand Instagram for more ways to stay stress-free this season!