Exercise for the holidays

santa on treadmill for portal

Exercise is a great way to fight the potential of holiday depression. Being active for 30 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference in your emotional health. Studies have shown exercise:

-Releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (endorphins)

-Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression

-Increases body temperatures, which may have a calming effect

Suggestions for how to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise during this hectic time of year:

-Set small daily goals and aim for daily consistency rather than perfect workouts.

-It’s better to walk every day for 15-20 minutes than to wait until the weekend for a three-hour fitness marathon.

-Distract yourself with an iPod, iphone, ipad, etc. to download audiobooks, podcasts, or music. Many people find it’s more fun to exercise while listening to something they enjoy.

-Recruit an “exercise buddy.” It’s often easier to stick to your exercise routine when you have to stay committed to a friend, partner, or colleague.

-Visit the Vitality Fitness Center for FREE! Check out the current class schedule or jump on the treadmill.

-Exercising in increments of 5 or 10 minutes adds up! Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk a few laps around your office or do a few squats at your desk.

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