This year, as in last year, many of us had to pivot a bit. If it wasn’t safe to gather with family, we got a crash course in virtual visits. If we did gather, we might have been scheduling COVID tests and safe get-togethers like an air traffic controller. Maybe we ordered gifts online, tracked the packages, only to wrap them and trek to ship them off again. In many areas of the country, bad weather created even more of a challenge!
Experts remind us that we should make time for exercise, even when we’re busy—but if you didn’t heed that advice, you are certainly not alone! But now it’s over, the guests have gone home, the holiday decorations are put away, and it’s time for a little relaxation. We might be tempted to reward ourselves with a break from our regular routine—but if it’s the third week of January and we’re still skipping exercise, we’re not doing ourselves a favor! Here are some tips for disrupting that post-holiday inertia and getting back on track:
Getting back up to speed … safely
If you’ve skipped your fitness routine for a while, whether for the holidays, or recovering from an illness, or providing care for a loved one, it’s important to start up again safely, rather than jumping right in at the same intensity. When we’re deconditioned, we’re at higher risk of an injury that could send us back to square one again. The National Institutes of Health offers these tips:
Talk to your doctor about exercise.
If your health condition has changed or if you’re intending to increase your activity level or type of exercise, talk to your doctor first. Ask for a “prescription” for an exercise program, and find out if there are any activities you should avoid if you have arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes or a heart condition. Once you get the green light, you’ll be able to be active with confidence!