Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Choose to Exercise During the Holidays

Getting support is one of the most important things you can do when becoming more active. This week, choose at least two people that you can contact to help keep you accountable for reaching your physical activity goals. Write down their names, call them up and ask them for help. Then thank them for their support.

Find some time in your schedule when you can be active, even if it's only 10 minutes a day. Early mornings are the best for me since I get to move and exercise my body so I feel more awake and energized. I have established a 25-30 minute yoga routine that I do daily. If I miss a day, I feel a difference in my energy level and mood.

Most people drop out of physical activity because they try to do too much too soon. Take time to warm up and cool down. Go for a walk after lunch or dinner. It helps your body digest the food and relax. 75% of all doctor visits are stress related. Regular physical activity helps reduce stress and improve overall health. You should start by leisurely walking for about 5 minutes and increase your pace to a brisk walk. Slow down towards the end and cool down with some hamstring or legs stretches.

Adapted from "Choose to Move" email from

Ingrid Cheng


Anonymous said...

During the holidays we didn't prefer to exercises and always skip to do.

But we can try some alternatives like aerobics and those are really effective.

The yoga and other stretching exercises too good exercises.

Thomas Perraz

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