The weather has gotten colder, which often calls for hot soup, warm sweaters, and more inside time. As we head into the holiday season, it can get more difficult to stay active and moving. With the additional stress that the long holiday season plays on our health, performing physical activity is more important than ever!
Most people know that physical activity can improve our overall health, but did you also know that benefits can also include: Decreased stress, improved mood, memory and learning abilities as well as improved appetite regulation?
Here are some tips to help you get more physical activity into your day:
Think of physical activity as an act of self care.
Check in with yourself after you get some movement. Do you feel better? Are you sleeping better? How is your mood? Make physical activity non-negotiable!
Make it fun!
Choose an activity you enjoy. Do you like to play soccer? Join an adult league. Do you have a dusty stationary bike at home? Find a show you enjoy watching and zone out while moving.
Remember: Any amount of physical activity counts.
Make a choice to walk up the stairs, take a break every hour to walk around your work area, chase around your kids or grandkids for a day, park your car farther away, or try for a 10-minute walk at lunch. Be creative!