All though you may not think of it as such, the holiday season is physically demanding on the body. Making time for even light exercise can help your body manage these increased physical demands. What demands you ask? There is shopping, decorating, lifting trees and presents, and long days in the kitchen. To name a few. Try to fit at least a brief walk into your schedule, if nothing else, several days a week to help you get through the holidays. Preparing your body properly will help to build stamina, reduce stress, and reduce pain and discomfort.
Before and after your walking exercise, and also when you participate in shopping, cooking, and decorating, you should always stretch. Stretching will help prevent injuries and can also be a relaxing event to help ease the stress of the holidays. At Frostwood Chiropractic we always teach our patients stretching routines to help with their back or neck pain. Proper, regular stretching works great to keep your joints functioning optimally and balanced.
Walking can improve cardiovascular endurance, tone muscles and burn calories. Walking is also a great weight bearing exercise to aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. Swing your arms in coordination with the opposite leg when you walk. Be sure to maintain proper posture. Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk. Maintain a brisk pace with your walk. Although relaxing, a casual walk will not do much for your cardiovascular health.
Utilize your walks during the holidays as an opportunity to see your neighbors decorations. As always, consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. If exercise is not enough to help you handle the physical demands of the holidays you should consider a visit to your local chiropractor. Frostwood Chiropractic would be happy to help all those in the Katy, Memorial City, and West Houston region enjoy a pain-free Christmas season. Merry Christmas!
December 8th, 2009 by Christopher Freytag, D.C.