December’s frenzied holiday rush finds many of us overdosing on shopping and socializing, while our well-established fitness workouts fall by the wayside. But exercise can help us manage seasonal stress.


During this time of year, we tend to feel that all we do is walk and run — to the mall, from the office, to the next social event, in the rain, sleet, and snow. But why not plan a mindful, strategic walk or run for fitness?


Taking a walk or going for a run requires a minimum of preparation and equipment while providing a multitude of benefits. Both walking and running help our bodies release endorphins, creating a state of euphoria. Endorphins help to reduce pain and stress. You’ll also get an excellent aerobic workout. Bear in mind — at this time of seasonal indulgence, just a half an hour of vigorous walking can burn 180 to 250 calories.

alive is Canada’s award-winning natural health and wellness magazine. Every month, alive focuses on traditional and holistic healing, beauty, environmental issues, nutrition, emotional well-being, and supplementation. Pick alive up for free at your natural health store. Visit for more.