With the holidays approaching, don’t let all your hard work over this past year go to waste. Here are some tips to keep in mind while enjoying the holidays to make it easier for you to bounce back in to your regular routine in the New Year!

  • Practice Proper Breathing
    • What is proper breathing? That is a blog post all on its own (which you can read here).  In short if you are unable to take calm, deep, rhythmic breaths through your diaphragm you will resort to short shallow breathes through your neck and chest. This alone can lead to a compromised posture, neck pain, and leads your body to think you are in constant fight-or-flight mode causing your nervous system to be constantly stressed.
    • Before you fall asleep, lie on your back place and one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly. For 5 deep breaths (in through your nose and out through you mouth), breathe in to your belly and have your hand on your belly rise first before your hand on your chest. If your chest rises first you have and incorrect breathing pattern. Just like anything else breathing must be practiced in order for it to become a habit. So keep practicing!
  • Avoid sitting for too long
    • Yes there will be lots of dinners and drinks and gatherings over the holidays which are great! But we were born to move and to minimize the negative impact of sitting stay upright and go for a walk before and after dinner. Don’t let yourself get to comfortable sitting because you will pay for it later.
    • Stay as close to your workout routine as possible. Doing so will make it easier for you to jump back in to the swing of things in January and you will feel way less sluggish about it.
  • Travel Tips
    • If you happen to be travelling over the holidays here are some stretches you can do to help during those long hours driving or flying.
      1. Sit with one ankle on your opposite knee. You should feel a slight stretch in the outside of your hips. This is one you can do in almost any seat!
      2. Squeeze your glutes (aka your butt), even when you’re sitting to keep them awake and working!
      3. Work those ankles. Point your toes up and down during long travel sessions to keep the blood pumping instead of pooling in your legs.
    • Make pit stops or get up from your seat and move.
      1. Give your body a break from being crunched up in a car or in a plane seat. Feel your muscles work and your body stretch.
  • Eat Right and Stay Hydrated
    • Your body needs the proper nutrients and energy to provide it with the best fuel to get through every day let alone the holidays. Enjoy yourself and treat yourself, but don’t forget to drink at least 1L-2L of water each day and get your fair serving of vegetables!
  • Get some sleep
    • Your body needs sleep to rest and recover from the day. Aim to get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and maybe make it a new year’s resolution and keep it going all through 2018!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at Edgemont Chiropractic Clinic and Have a Happy New Year!