Remaining Active during the Holiday Season
Dec 12
2018

Remaining Active during the Holiday Season

By Eboni Poole, MPH

The leaves on the trees have fallen, football is in full swing, the aroma of delicious food is in the air, and the holidays are in full effect. During the holiday season, the average adult gains a pound and never loses it. Though this may not seem like much, over an extended period of time this excess weight can lead to health problems. These health problems can include, but not limited to, heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.  With a few simple changes, it is possible to fit festivities and fitness in your holiday schedule.  The winter holidays can be a great time to consider your goals for the upcoming year. Here are some tips to begin working towards your resolutions, and be your healthiest self this holiday season.

 

Walking Activities

Walking is a great way to get active. Try incorporating these simple strategies to add more walking to your daily routine:

  1. When beginning your day in the office, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  2. Instead of looking for that close parking spot while running errands, park further away and walk to your destination
  3. If the weather permits, go for a walk as a family.
  4. Walk laps around the mall before or after shopping.

 

Plan Outings with Family and Friends

While enjoying time with family and friends, take the party outside!

  1. Plan an active family game night (i.e. twister, hide-and-go-seek, tag).
  2. Find your local skating or ice skating rink and have an outing with family or friends.
  3. Plan a visit to a museum you’ve been wanting to visit all year.
  4. Sign-up for a winter sport or exercise class as a family.

 

At-Home Exercises

You may think you have to go to a gym to be active, but your exercise goals can be achieved right in the comfort of your living room.

  1. Grab some resistance bands and do some simple upper and lower body exercises to strengthen and build muscle.
  2. Find a workout video that is for your fitness level, grab a friend or family member, and enjoy a quick 15-30 minute activity.
  3. Research quick cardio workouts, that include cardio such as jumping jacks, squats, lunges, and push-ups. 
  4. If space permits, create a family field day with activities like a ring toss, tug of war, limbo, bean bag toss, or hula hoop.

 

 

 

Sources

CDC

U.S. News

Very Well Fit


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