Prepping for the Holiday Season
When we talk about the holiday season most us tend to think immediately of certain things. Turkey dinners, naturally and football games. And shopping on “Black Friday” to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime sale prices. We think of presents for friends and loved ones, special events, first-run films, and holiday trips. We look forward to them with real anticipation, coupled with a little fear – partly over whether we are fully prepared and partly over whether we will get through all the action in one piece. Yet we rarely think about being in condition for the holiday season. How often have you thought of what you and your friends have planned for the holiday season? And have you thought what items you’ll be wearing from Hot Topic? Have you thought about how you’ll be feeling and looking when you’re wearing those latest clothes out on the dance floor or the skating rink?
Why should conditioning be a concern when thinking ahead for the holidays? Mainly because we often find ourselves spending a lot of time doing activities that may result in physical wear and tear. And we also want to be prepared for plenty of activity. Anything from a winter jog to a holiday ski trip can call upon muscles that may not be used to the stress and strains suddenly placed on them. And over-the-counter medicines purchased from the pharmacy with a Groupon coupon can ease the pain from a particularly physical activity like ice skating or a pick-up football game.
One approach can be to begin now doing a regular schedule of exercises. See if some of the exercises you learned in your phys ed class can be part of your routine at home, even do some while studying. After all, you can recite foreign language verbs as easily doing sit ups as you can sitting with the remote in hand. And the results will be more appreciated. That’s the other part of holiday season preparation – getting the classwork done. Nothing can put a cloud over a holiday like worry over your next term. So use some good preparation strategies, from 10 minutes of daily exercise to a vocabulary game each evening. Then you can enjoy the new duds you’ve gotten from Hot Topics in an enjoyable holiday atmosphere.