Being Canadian, I always wondered about the often cited statistic that the average American puts on 7 pounds over the holiday season. It always seemed mind boggling to me until I finally understood American Thanksgiving is near the end of November, so it kicks off a month of celebration, social demands and indulgence.
This is a busy time of year for most of us and it is so easy to slip into the mindset of I’m too busy to exercise. However, it is equally possible to create the intention and mindset that workouts are a priority at this time of year. With all the extra demands placed on us at this time of year, it is that much more important to take time to take care of ourselves. Just think, exercise improves sleep quality and boosts our immunity, which is so needed at this time of year.
Making Life Good recommends enjoying all your favourite celebratory foods and beverages while making workouts a priority.
I practice some form of yoga for at least a few minutes every day. Any time that you bring awareness to your breathing, your body and the present moment is yoga-connecting with yourself. I view yoga as a work in continual practice, as opposed to a work out.
A work out consists of physical activity that rhythmically moves the body, works the muscles and can elevate the heart rate as the pace of breathing increases-energy moves outwardly as fuel within the body is mobilized and utilized. Yoga consists of postures to be held with focus, even while moving and flowing from one posture to the another-energy is directed inwardly in order focus and be mindful. If your body is a vehicle of sorts, exercise and workouts are like running your car and yoga or other forms of mindful movement is a tune up to ensure that whole system is running smoothly.
Practicing yoga can improve your body and your health, but it is not a work out. Consider it a work in continual practice of tuning into the wisdom your body, so you can watch the benefits unfold. Join me outdoors or at the gym for a work out.