De-stress With An Easy Holiday Challenge

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. There just seems to be so much to do – family gatherings, Christmas parties, work functions, food prep, meals, gift-giving (and making, buying and wrapping), etc.
 
It’s easy to lose sight of yourself and your needs.
 
One of the things that can help is to take a little time for yourself – a sort of reset on the day – to help recalibrate where you are in the cycle of stress/needs met/relaxation.
 
One of the best ways to maximize your time is to do a little movement challenge. To that end, we’ve put together a little – easy – challenge to do over the next ten days – starting on Sunday, December 15th, and ending on Christmas Eve.
 
On the first day do 1 minute of pushups five times per day (or if you’re up for it, just do five minutes of pushups, taking breaks where you need to) – working your upper body and core strength.

On the next day, go for a 15-minute walk – working your hips, legs, and heart.

Alternate these throughout the 10 days.
 
When doing the pushups (see our pushup tutorial if you want to know how to do pushups correctly), you can split the time up into segments. Do a minute’s worth here, thirty seconds a little later in the day, another minute even later, etc., until you have all five minutes completed.
 
For the walk: the average person can walk a mile – at a good pace – in 15 minutes. But don’t worry – or beat yourself up – if you can’t. Just go as far as you can – SAFELY – in that time frame.
 
During the walk, try and “shrug off” the noisy stress of your day. Enjoy being outside, the fresh air, birds singing, etc… Feel your body in space, your pace, how you step, how your arms move as you walk. Pay attention to your breath. Be mindful.
 
And that’s it. Get a little movement, increase your fitness levels a little bit, clear your mind, center yourself. You’ll find you’ll enjoy the holidays a little more when the stress of them doesn’t get to you (as much at least).
 
If you have any questions, please let us know! And, keep us updated on your progress on the ArtResFit Facebook Group page – that way we can all benefit from your journey. And, I will do the same. I will post what I get done as well.
 
Happy Holidays!

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