At Bodyworks Physical Therapy, we understand the intricate connection between physical activity and mental health, especially during this festive time. The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, for many, it can also bring added stress and strain on mental well-being. Engaging in regular physical activity has far-reaching benefits for mental health. Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve cognitive function, and enhance overall mood. There are many different activities you can do at home to keep your body moving this season.

At-Home Activities to Stay Active this Holiday Season:

Brisk Walking Sessions

  • Even a short 20-minute walk can do wonders for your body! If you don’t want to brave the North Dakota cold or don’t have access to a treadmill, consider indoor shopping centers like the West Acres Mall. Did you know West Acres is open early daily and encourages people to join the walking movement?
  • Consider incorporating short intervals of increased pace for added cardiovascular benefits

Gentle Yoga Practice

  • Explore beginner-friendly yoga routines available online or through instructional apps.
  • Focus on gentle poses and flows that promote relaxation and flexibility.

Bodyweight Workouts

  • Engage in bodyweight exercises such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks.
  • These exercises can be adapted to different fitness levels and require minimal equipment.

Mindful Stretching

  • Incorporate mindful stretching routines to improve flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
  • Focus on areas prone to tightness, such as the neck, shoulders, and lower back.

Indoor Cycling or Stationary Biking

  • Use a stationary bike for a low-impact cardiovascular workout.
  • Set up a designated space at home for cycling to enhance the overall experience.

Home Pilates

  • Explore Pilates exercises that emphasize core strength and overall body stability.
  • Many online platforms offer guided Pilates sessions suitable for various skill levels.

Stair Climbing

  • Utilize the stairs in your home for a simple yet effective workout.
  • Climbing stairs engages various muscle groups and provides a cardiovascular boost.

We understand that physical limitations or challenges may hinder some individuals from engaging in regular exercise. If you find it difficult to move your body comfortably, our team of experienced physical therapists is here to help. Through personalized assessments and targeted interventions, we can create a plan that suits your unique needs, ensuring you experience the mental health benefits of movement in a way that feels comfortable and accessible. Let’s make this holiday season one filled with joy, movement, and a healthier mind. Contact us today to take the first step towards a more active and balanced life.