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January 9, 2015
By Kin Wai Wu, MSPT
Yes! We survived the holiday season! Literally we overcame many stressful events such as in laws, cooking dinner for 85 people (or at least you felt like cooking for 85 people!). Not to mention eating excessive amounts of ham, turkey, ribs and sugar. No wonder why we were “glued” to the couch during the season. I hope this article will help you start this New Year off right.
Let’s talk about several ways to relax your body and mind:
1) Take a walk: A 30 minute walk per day (could split it in half to fit your lifestyle) helps to “tranquilize” your brain. It decreases anxiety, so you will sleep better. Your body will be able to recover more efficiently with adequate sleep.
2) If you enjoy the outdoors, let’s go for a hike! In my opinion, being in nature can benefit your health more than going to the doctor. The fresh air and sunlight (even in a cloudy day) can boost your neuromuscular health.
3) Have quiet time: You gave so much during the holiday season; it’s not selfish to have your own quiet and fun time. Do something you really want (legally of course!). It could be as simple as reading a book, or as extreme as sky diving. Who cares what other people think! You have done enough caring during the holidays.
4) Lock up your phone and tablet: Why? Because you can’t relax when your phone keeps buzzing, sending you constant Facebook notifications and other alerts you don’t really need. Believe me, we can live without electronics for a while.
5) Get a nice massage: Massage helps to reduce stress, anxiety, insomnia and muscle pain. Massage is not only desirable after a holiday season. I recommend having it at least once a month. We have a great massage therapist at SageMED.
6) Last but not least, let’s do some exercise: I know the “E” word can be hard to hear. However, exercise helps to improve circulation, lower blood pressure and promote metabolism. You will feel great and sleep well after you work out. No need to sign up for a gym membership. The last thing you want is to wait in line for a treadmill. You can do some sit ups, pushups and squats for 10-15 minutes at home. I promise you will feel your heart beating. If you want to challenge yourself, please read my blog at Circuit Training.
I hope this blog helps you to take care of the “aftermath” of the holiday season. Feel free to call us at SageMED if you have more questions.