The Benefits of Staying Active
Thanksgiving has come and gone, which means Christmas is just around the corner! Between end of the year work projects and deadlines, festive gatherings and holiday to-do lists, it can be easy to spend too much time indoors. Not to mention this time of year is notorious for making us feel like we simply do not have enough time, so workouts are often the first thing removed from our schedules. This combination, though, can set us up for feeling fatigued and overwhelmed as well as make us more susceptible to illness.
On the other hand, keeping your body moving can help reduce holiday stress, improve your quality of sleep, and help to keep you feeling energized all day long. When you combine being active and getting outdoors you are also helping keep your immune system strong and healthy and promoting your mental health, both of which are crucial during the holiday season. Another plus is that participating in outdoor activities with family and friends is a positive and healthy way to have quality time, create lasting memories and build even stronger relationships.
Activities That Keep You Moving
Listed below are some fun ways to stay active throughout this festive season:
- Take a walk around your neighborhood or downtown area and enjoy all the Christmas lights.
- See what activities are going on in your community! Many towns will have Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, outdoor markets, holiday themed walks such as “The Hot Coco Trail” or “Art Walk.”
- Build a snowman. If you don’t have snow where you live, you could also go to the beach and build a “sandman!”
- Go ice skating.
- Go skiing or snowboarding if you live near or are on vacation at a winter resort.
- Look for hike or nature walk near you.
- Volunteer to walk dogs at your local animal shelter.
- Have an outdoor Christmas themed treasure hunt.
- Go for a bike ride if the weather is nice and there is no snow or ice on the ground.
- Participate in a Jingle Bell Run or other holiday run/walks.
- Check out the museums, gardens, and parks in your area to see if they are having holiday displays that you can walk through.
- Weather permitting, set up cornhole, spikeball, or other yard games to get the whole family active. If you have a large family, you can also create teams and play football, soccer or other sports!