Thursday, September 2, 2010

An Evening Constitutional

A constitutional, as defined by, is a mild walk or exercise taken to benefit one's health. In previous centuries, regal men and women would take constitutionals after their supper to help with digestion and to pontificate about the world around them. In old New York in the early 1900's, the constitutional was a way of life.

In our house, the constitutional has made a comeback. Every night, after dinner, Josh and I go out for a short walk around the block. We took our first constitutional on our honeymoon. There is something so old world about walking around a cruise ship at night, dressed to the 9s in a 3-piece suit and evening gown. We have continued this tradition in our new house. Taking just 30 minutes to re-group and relax has many benefits. It gives us time to explore our new neighborhood and have quality one on one time. It provides us an opportunity to catch up on the day, make any necessary plans for the following day, and to let all of our stresses go. It is time for us to just be. It also allows us to let go of any nervous energy that makes it hard to sleep and even helps with digestion too.

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, I hope we can keep up with our new tradition. The constitutional is good for mind, body, and soul. It allows us to start and end our day with exercise and quality time together. Most importantly, it helps me to fall asleep at night, something that I do not regularly do too easily.

Do you have any secrets that help to keep you calm and relaxed before bed?

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