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Though you might be occupied with holy day related activities, you might be surprised how you can still eke out time to exercise

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For those of us who are hustling to cook, clean and run errands leading up to and throughout the holidays, having healthy intentions could similarly have a noticeable effect on our health.

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One of the biggest barriers to reaching fitness goals is the phrase “I will start tomorrow.” Particularly over the upcoming holy days, it might be easy to push off starting a healthy routine, in favour of preparing for the chagim.

However, making healthy changes doesn’t have to use up a lot of effort or time. In fact, in some cases it can require almost zero effort. If you are struggling to make time for your health routine, but want to be health conscious over the next few weeks’ whirlwind of yom tovim, here are a couple of tips to help you get started.

Have Healthy Intentions

There is research that suggests that simply having healthy beliefs can result in actual changes in health. A study published in Psychological Science asked 84 hotel cleaners how much exercise they performed during the day. Despite they each cleaned about 15 rooms, which requires a fair amount of physical effort, not one of them said that they got regular exercise.

The researchers told 44 of the cleaners that their daily routine satisfied the Centre for Disease and Control’s (CDC) criteria for physical activity. After following up a month later, the same 44 hotel cleaners reported losing an average of two pounds, reduced body fat, lower blood pressure, and were overall “significantly healthier”, even though they reported no other changes in their daily routine. The only thing that had changed, was their new belief that they were performing exercise.

For those of us who are hustling to cook, clean and run errands leading up to and throughout the holidays, having healthy intentions could similarly have a noticeable effect on our health.

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Walk to Shul

In a non-Covid world, many of us would be going to shul on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and possibly Sukkot as well. Why not keep that routine, even if you do not attend the actual services?

There are countless studies that highlight the benefits of walking, including heart health, fat loss, improved posture, managing pain and more. As an added bonus, according to a study published in the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 10 minutes of walking reduces anxiety and depression symptoms similar to a 45 minute workout.

Going on a 20 minute walk to your shul and back on each of the holidays (even if you decide not to go in the building) will keep you active in between holiday meals, and help keep the routine of walking to shul once the pandemic ends.

Just a few healthy choices can help keep us on track during the holidays, to ensure that we have a winning season.

In sports there is a lot of evidence showing the importance of a good start.

In hockey, 67 per cent of the teams that score the first goal, end up winning the game. In baseball, if a player swings on the first pitch he hits nearly 100 points better than the league average (according to 2018 statistics).

Similarly, when we are competing with ourselves to become a better person than the year before, it helps to get off to a good start. Even if we can’t get into our full routine, keeping health on our minds over the holidays can build momentum going into the rest of the year.

Just a few healthy choices can help keep us on track during the holidays, to ensure that we have a winning season.

Moshe is the owner of Gentle Motion, an in-home personal training company in the Toronto area. He specializes in training people over 50, people with injuries, and chronic pain. Moshe is a certified personal trainer, nutritionist and Fascial Stretch Therapist. In addition to training, he is a published writer and public speaker.

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