Have Fun And Burn Those Extra Calories
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During the holidays, a lot of people think about getting more exercise, but celebrations and other festive activities often get in the way. Inclusion of physical activity needs to be part of your holiday planning “to-do” list. You can try some of the suggestions that are listed below.

  • Go caroling with a group of friends or try ice skating at a local indoor arena or roller blading outdoors. Set up a local holiday scavenger hunt for your family or a group of relatives. Enjoy your local parks which have lots room to walk, jog, skate board, bicycle, roller skate or swim.
  • Being physically active is a great way to spend some time together as a family. Set aside a time to decorate the inside and outside of your home together or walk around neighborhoods and enjoy the holiday light displays. Some are very beautiful and elaborate; really appreciate all the individual time, effort, bending and stretching that goes into presenting one of these to the community.
  • Avoid gift giving that encourages people to sit in front of the TV or computer. Most of us are sedentary enough. We need motivation to get us moving and keep us moving.
  • Depending on your budget and on your intended recipient, choose gifts that encourage physical activity. Consider gifts like bicycles, scooters, hand weights, tennis shoes, jump ropes, Frisbees, basketballs, footballs, foam footballs, lessons to dance, karate or gymnastics classes, fitness videos, or exercise equipment.

Focus on health over the holidays. This holiday season commit yourself to eat healthy and prioritize getting some physical activity.

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