This time of year, stress combined with schedules and commitments outside of the norm can most certainly result in a lack of time. It seems like the easiest choice would be to skip workouts and start back up in the new year when things slow down a bit.
In truth what I and those I coach have found is that skipping movement or exercise during the holiday season results in more stress because we stop caring for ourselves.
A few fact-driven reasons why we shouldn’t skip the holiday season workout:
Release of Endorphins: Physical activity triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. Endorphins act as natural painkillers and mood regulators, contributing to a sense of well-being and reduced stress.
Stress Relief Through Distraction: Engaging in physical activity provides an opportunity to shift focus away from stressors and onto the activity at hand. This temporary distraction can lead to a reduction in stress-related thoughts.
Reduced Cortisol Levels: Exercise can help lower the production of cortisol, the body’s primary stress hormone. Elevated cortisol levels are associated with increased stress, and regular exercise can help regulate and reduce these levels.
One of my favorite ways to squeeze in a no-excuses workout is to do push-ups or squats between wrapping presents or baking cookies! Set an attainable, small goal. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just move! Your body, and your family, will thank you.
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