Is your body suffering from post-holiday burnout? When the dashing pace of December begins to wind down, you may experience some seasonal side effects from all the celebrations.
Energy levels are depleted, your sleep schedule is off, and your body is bloated enough to pass for Santa’s body double. Though you were on vacation mode, your brain and body are feeling far from refreshed once December is done.
Because coming off a holiday high can leave you in a seasonal stupor, it’s important to practice exercises that encourage recovery for the muscles and mind, as well as boost your desire to dive back into healthy habits. Recovery exercises are also particularly valuable because a rundown body can cause a weakened immune system, which makes you more susceptible to colds and flu.
Take time to tend to yourself with this home-based exercise elixir. The following light workout helps soothe sore muscles, flushes out fatigue, and scorches calories from the candy-coated sweets that are stubbornly sticking around your stomach.
For best results, practice these moves 30 minutes after waking up, when the muscles have had adequate time to warm up. Complete this circuit three times, resting for 60 seconds between sets.
Lunge + lean
Bend + breathe
Pose + plank
Listen to your body. If you’re feeling fatigued or fragile, make personal time a priority to avoid bigger problems later.