This year I am taking the week off between December 25, 2020 and January 1, 2021. It’s the first time I’ve done this since I started the Point for Fitness in 2004. I LOVE what I do so it really doesn’t feel like work to me. This last half of 2020 has been different for all of us. While I feel fortunate that the pandemic didn’t change my daily activities in a significant way, I am feeling worn out by the cloud of uncertainty that is all around us. This year I need to unplug for a bit. So I am. That is my definition of self-care.
This break will be for my mental health but I will be moving my body. I hope you will be as well as we close the year. Traditionally this holiday season is all about blowing our healthy routine out of the water. Given that this year is already different how about we use this time to either cement or create some great movement practices? Here’s how:
- Open up a calendar. Start whenever you like but label Days 1 through 7.
- Day 1 will be a day for cardiovascular activity. Plan the amount of time that you’re comfortable with. It doesn’t matter if the activity is inside or outside. Book yourself an appointment.
- Day 2 will be a day for a strengthening activity.
- Day 3 will be cardio again.
- Day 4 will be strength.
- Day 5 will cardio.
- Day 6 strength
- Day 7 will be a day for active rest. Active rest is some type of stretching. It can be informal or a yoga type class.
The goal is to think outside of the box you are currently in as you are planning your activities for the different days. As an example, if indoor cycling is what you’ve been doing, try something completely different, like Zumba. If you’ve got a strength training program that you’ve been following religiously, look at ways to change it. There are wonderful body weight/mobility online classes.
Look at this as an opportunity to challenge your body in a way that you’re not right now. This will require some self-examination. There are simple things to look at like:
- Can you do a push-up?
- Can you do a squat and hold for a period of time?
- Can you touch your toes?
- Can you run up the hill behind your house without coughing up a lung?
Those are a few examples to get you thinking. This time of year is about joy. I believe one of the greatest joys we can experience is feeling physically strong. Take this time to either stay there or get there!
If you need some help – you know where to find me….in 2021!
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