We often hear that missing a week or two of classes can make a noticeable (not so positive) difference. We know, too, that the festive season can be a time of indulgence when thoughts of ‘fitness’ might get put on hold.
First and foremost, we hope that you have a wonderful time, however you like to spend it, free from feelings of guilt about eating, drinking and relaxing – these are all forms of nourishment if we think of them that way.
And while you’re at it
Without any judgement, or pressure we want to take the opportunity to suggest some simple ways that you can keep topping up your sense of well-being during the holidays.
Instead of dedicating an hour, or even 20 minutes to exercise, can you take movement snacks during the day?
If you need to pick something up from the floor can you do it with one foot off the floor?
Can you walk from the kitchen to the living room on tiptoe?
Brush your teeth while in horse stance (ask your teacher if you’re unsure what this is).
If there’s a toddler around, spend a few minutes imitating their movement (unless they’re glued to an electronic device!)
Practice sitting on the floor and standing up without using your hands. If that’s easy try it without using your knees either.
Try doing some daily activities with the ‘wrong’ hand – use your left hand if you’re a righty, and vice versa. Maybe don’t chop vegetables or carve the turkey this way though….
The great outdoors
As Joseph pilates said “By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.”
(We know sun might be inshore supply if you’re spending Christmas in the UK but there’s sure to be some fresh air somewhere close by)
Most of all, we hope that you have a wonderful break and we look forward to seeing you for some more formalised exercise in 2020.