Last week we spoke about how the holiday season is a really tough time to keep ourselves mentally and physically healthy, and we should therefore set some goals to keep ourselves on track.
The best way to make that decision is to actually try various types. Recumbent bikes are very popular with mature adults, although they usually take up quite a bit of space. I am a big fan of walking either outdoors or indoor on a treadmill. They do sell small treadmills, some even fold up, but again trying equipment before you purchase is definitely recommended. Another option is using your stairs for exercise.
Since we're still in the holiday season I thought we could continue talking about this. Has anyone felt challenged over the past few weeks, mentally or physically, due to the holiday season?
For some it's even more challenging, as the holidays look much different this year than usual with the pandemic, and the fact that we really need to stay socially distant? How are you feeling about this?
Normally it is a challenge over the holiday season, but we are not doing much celebrating nowadays here. It has been a challenge throughout the pandemic and the lack of regular exercise has been bad for me personally. I am limited in what I can do because of spinal issues anyway.
I completely understand.
Are you able to do a little walking for your exercise, and gentle stretching?
I stretch but lately not even walking, or very minimal. I am trying to walk around the house between clients, but it’s not sufficient.
I agree, the challenges this holiday season are much different than usual. Less social interaction potentially means less overindulging, instead more social isolation issues
True. More boredom and rote eating though.
With regard to exercise though, I always say, think baby steps, do whatever you can do, even if it's only 5 minutes, to keep yourself mentally and physically well
Yes am trying but I admit to frustration. Sitting at computer and client sessions for long periods does not help, but I try to get up and move often. When writing, though, I forget sometimes.
An acronym that I really love, and can be used in any situation really, when we're stressed or behaving in a way we don't want to behave, is STOP: Stop what we're doing Take a few deep breaths Observe how we feel at that very moment. Proceed with a new level of thoughtfulness.
That’s a really helpful technique...