As you know, the Holidays are fast approaching, and with so much emphasis on shopping and eating, it’s easy to end up sacrificing your fitness routine. Plus, the Holidays can add a significant level of stress, causing your heart to work overtime and affecting your health. But don’t worry, there’s good news!
Did you know that practicing Yoga (especially during the busiest time of the year) will help reduce your stress? It’s true! Yoga exercise does more than burn calories and tone – it can help reduce stress, providing a total mind and body workout. Studies have shown that stress and overindulgence contribute to the soaring rate of heart attacks during the Holidays, so reducing your stress at this time of year can be critical to your health
Are you ready to get a head start on your Yoga fitness before the Holidays arrive? Finding the right Yoga class will be the key to keeping you motivated and helping you reach your desired goals. Whether you attend group classes or practice at home, you will see a marked difference in how you feel from day to day.
Benefits of Yoga-
• Breath Control (Reduce Stress) – In Yoga practice, you will learn about conscious breathing, which activates the cerebral cortex and limbic centers in the brain, which then effects your emotions. Focusing on conscious breathing with each movement helps to reduce stress on both your body and mind.
• Improved Balance – Balance is vitally important in reducing the risk of a fall, and will help with improved reaction time in preventing a fall. Balance is needed in just about everything you do, from walking, to navigating stairs, to tying your shoes. There are many Yoga poses that help with posture and to improve balance, to help you stay steady in all your daily activities in your home and community.
• Increased Flexibility – Stretching is an integral part of flexibility. Yoga poses focus on gentle muscle stretching, flexibility, strength, and balance; some forms of Yoga also improve cardiovascular health. Staying active and maintaining muscle flexibility can reduce chronic back pain, and may increase independence for you to stay active throughout your aging process. Starting early in life to maintain flexibility, along with strength and balance, are vital for healthy aging.
Less stress, steady balance, and increased flexibility are all great reasons to practice Yoga! Yoga is an enjoyable way to manage the toll of Holiday stress on both body and mind. So, this year get an early start on your fitness goals and help prepare your body for the busy days to come.
Wishing you happy, stress-free, Yoga Holidays!
Looking for a Yoga class? AHNew Physical Therapy offers Yoga classes on Tuesdays, from 6:30 to 7:30 with Geanetta.
It’s summer! Get outside and play, walk, engage ~ stay active!
Here are some tips for people of all ages to stay active during the summer months:
First drink plenty of water. Our bodies are 60% water. Hydrate often ~ if you wait until you are thirsty it’s too late.
ENJOY EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Second engage in some form of physical activity daily ~ put down the electronics and move! Activity help us maintain a healthy weight, helps improve mood, decreases pain, improves flexibility, and cardiopulmonary and vascular health. Balance your activity and food intake.
Third use safety measures ~ play it safe by wearing a helmet when bicycling, roller skating, or skate boarding. Wear proper fitting shoes with padded inserts. Walk in safe neighborhoods early when temperatures are lower or walk a mall in cooled air conditioning.
PROTECT YOUR SKIN
Fourth use plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes. Reapply sunscreen frequently, approximately every two hours is recommended. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and bug spray for protection.
Fifth eat nutritious foods! The new food pyramid focuses on 6 oz of Grains, 2 cups of Fruits and 2.5 cups Vegetables, 5.5 oz servings of Protein, 3 cups of Dairy, plus Physical Activity for 30 minutes for adults and 60 minutes for children each and every day. Sixty to 90 minutes of daily physical activity may be needed to prevent weight gain.
For more information go to: ChooseMyPlate.com
GET OUTDOORS and BREATH
Lastly enjoy the fresh air and just keep moving! We need sunlight and weight bearing activities for good bone heath, cardiovascular health, and muscle strength, endurance, power and mental wellbeing.
“A healthy lifestyle for all ages ~ an active life is a happy life!”
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Let’s talk more about the five (5) activities that you can do when you don’t have dizziness or neck or backaches. One activity to help you through the holidays and so you can stay healthy and active is hiking!
Hiking can be a great way to get back to nature, a great time to be with family and friends, or just to think and reflect.
Hiking at Government Canyon’s Savannah Loop is the easiest one to start (2.12 miles); for more advanced hiking try Lytle’s Loop (4.74 miles). For longer day walks, the front country is open and you can walk to see the Dinosaur Tracks (about 5 miles one-way). Wear good shoes and bring lots of water. Pets are allowed in the Backcountry, and not in the Front country.
Government Canyon State Natural Area trails are open Friday through Monday; Closed Tuesday through Thursday (off Galm Road and FM 1560). I suggest you turn right at the ranger station and park near the back far parking lot.
Some other great places to hike are Eisenhower park (off 1604; pets are allowed) or Frederick park (off I-10; no pets allowed). Both places have hiking trails that are paved and rugged trails.