Balance came a lot easier when we were kids, stepping from stone to stone across a creek, tightrope walking across a log, or leaping one-legged from square to square in a game of hopscotch.
Tuesday, 7pm and your child just finished soccer practice; time for fast food burgers. Friday, 5pm and you’re not cooking tonight; so you hit a local diner. Sunday, noon and it’s your mom’s birthday; celebration at an Italian restaurant. Sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone. On average, one out of every three meals is eaten away from home.
In older adults, joint pain seems to be as common as gray hair. Regardless of your level of activity, your hips, knees, and back can get stiff and sore.
It’s Monday morning, 5:00 am, pitch dark and freezing cold outside. Your alarm goes off, and although you had every good intention of hopping out of bed and hitting a morning fitness class, you hit “snooze” instead. After all, no one to disappoint but yourself, right?
Remember recess? You crisscrossed the school-yard, chasing besties and butterflies with joyful, heart-pounding abandon, and you embraced all that movement as your reward for sitting and paying attention in class all morning.
If you could do just one thing to help you avoid holiday weight gain, boost your energy, protect your immune system, improve your sleep, and leave you feeling happier, would you do it?
The holiday season is the time we look forward to reconnecting with family and friends. It can also be an opportunity to relax and recoup after a busy year.
How are you spending your leisure time lately? Long walks on the beach? Hiking the trails at your nearby park? Games of doubles on the tennis court? Golf? Gardening? Swimming? Cycling with your grandkids? No matter what your plans are, flexibility—and we’re talking the muscular kind here—makes every activity you do a little easier and a little more successful.
The whole point of a vacation is to get away from it all. But if you’ve been working hard to exercise consistently and follow a healthy eating plan, getting away from your routine can be stressful.