How to Show Gratitude to Your Body This Holiday Season
Nov 20, 2018
'Tis the season to be thankful for all of your blessings. While we’re often good at thinking about all of the people, material things and achievements in our lives, we sometimes forget something so important … our body.
Your body is the only body you’ll ever have. It’s been with you since birth, it may have carried children, it may have traveled far and wide, and it definitely has gotten you to where you are today. Our bodies deserve some kinder treatment, and there’s no better time than now to show your body some love and appreciation. Here’s how …
Move your body regularly and invest in it
Your body, your only body, is certainly worth investing in, and that means taking the time to plan your workouts and move regularly. If you really want to make sure you’re taking advantage of the limited time you have available to work out, then get help from a professional. Our Fitness Together personal trainers will help create a workout program that gives you everything you need to move your body in all the right ways to stay well, mobile and fit. Schedule a consultation today by finding a studio near you here (https://fitnesstogether.com/personal-trainers-near-me).
Schedule regular massages
Massages may seem like an indulgence, but they are actually a very important part of self-care that provides both physical and psychological benefits. Whether it’s relieving stress, easing sore muscles or even relaxing tight spots, massages provide an opportunity for you to check out from technology and also focus on your breath, while someone works on your soft tissues to get your blood flowing. It’s a great for your overall well-being every time you do it.
Have a self-care night with a healthy home-cooked meal and freeze the extras
When was the last time you cooked a delicious and healthy veggie-filled meal for yourself when you weren’t in a rush and didn’t have anyone else to cook for? If you can’t remember, then it may be time for one. Spend a few minutes thinking about and identifying the perfect recipe, featuring all of your favorite flavors in a healthy way, shop for the groceries and set aside an evening just for you to make it happen. When it’s time to eat your meal, light candles, sit down at a real table, put on some music and enjoy every single nutritious bite. (Bonus points for freezing the leftovers so you can have healthy meals on hand for the busy holiday season too.)
Go for solo walks with no technology
Believe it or not, humans were meant to spend a lot more time outdoors than we do now. In fact, our bodies crave being outside in nature and using all five of the senses. Give your body a chance to feel the connection between the brain and the physical, by getting outside for a solo walk in a park or in nature. During the walk, don’t do anything but breathe deeply, soak up your surroundings and feel your muscles move.
Practice positive self-talk
Have you ever used a mantra? When you find a positive mantra that resonates, and you say it over and over again, you will start to believe it. Think about some of the amazing things your body has done for you, thank it for those things and create a one sentence saying that sums up how grateful you are for your body. Practice saying that mantra every single time you look in the mirror, because positive thoughts make positive people.
Your body deserves all the thanks, so give some of these a try and enjoy it!