New Years is a time of reflection, goal planning and reinvigorating our commitments to live the best life possible. If we renew our focus on our health, wellness and social networks, we can increase our energy to pursue the things we believe are important. Here are a few tips that will help you to rest and recover from all the fun and indulgences of the past few days. These will get you back on track and ready to take on the year ahead with revitalized energy.
- Start the year with exercise or planned activity.
After the abundance of delicious foods and drinks over the past weeks you might feel like it’s time to curl up and take a long winter’s nap. Resist, please. Motion is energy! You don’t have to go out hard, start with gentle exercise like a yoga class, a walk around the block, or some light stretching all will get your blood flowing, and help your digestive system process the indulgences. Walking by yourself provides opportunity to reflect, meditate and organize your thoughts. Walking with a neighbour, colleague or friend, builds vital social networks. For some ideas about how to move more in your daily life – park farther away from the grocery store door, turn music on and take a few dance steps as you move about the house….
Allison’s Tip: Exercise stimulates the natural contractions of the intestinal muscles and helps to move waste products out of your system. Good elimination helps to reduce bloating and makes you feel lighter. Remember to drink lots of water to help your body flush out waste and restore your energy.
Your Plan: How will you get back in motion?________________________________ Take a few minutes to jot down your back in motion activities.
2. Gentle exercise is revitalizing and restorative
You might be wondering why gentle vs vigorous exercise. A good heart-pumping workout can be great, but after a busy time when energy levels are low, slowing down helps the body recharge. Some of us love to push our bodies, but we don’t want to push right into adrenal fatigue or exhaustion. Honoring the body, like you’ve honored the festivities, will get you back on track and ready to live your best life.
Allison’s Tip: If you have been relaxing without heart raising exercise for more than a week or feel tired, exercise for no more than 20 mins at a time until you build back up to a level where you can sustain the exercise and feel invigorated and refreshed.
Your Plan: What gentle exercise will you do today? _________________________________________
3. Timing is everything
You’ll want to give yourself an hour after eating before you start touching your toes and exercising. This first hour is dedicated to digestion. Exercising too soon after eating slows down the digestive process and can lead to bloating, hiccups, gas, nausea and constipation says Dr. Daniel Vigil, health sciences associate clinical professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Allison’s Tip: One hour after eating, decide if you want an invigorating walk, a cosy waltz in the living room with your partner or grandchild, or some time to reflect on your good fortune as you walk in the crisp air. Try to exercise for at least 20 mins at least once a day.
Your Plan: What do you feel like doing for 20 mins that will raise your heart rate today? ____________________
4. Share your restorative tips: Share your tips in the comments below.
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I hope you have a fantastic New Years and use these tips to welcome in a restorative post party weekend that will up your energy and help you live your best life in 2016.
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Here’s to your best 2016!!!!