Halloween ended. Thanksgiving is approaching and before we know it we will be singing Christmas carols as we are baking cookies, watching Lifetime movies and trying to avoid the Holiday crowd while we do some last minute shopping for stocking stuffers. We are big fans of the hustle and bustle, but we get so wrapped up in all of these activities the last two months out of the year that we stray away from our normal routine we are used to doing the other ten months.
From cookie exchanges, to holiday get-togethers, to school parties – we struggle to find time to stay active and healthy, not just for ourselves, but making sure the whole family is too! Lucky for you, we have created ideas for you and the whole household to stay active during the holiday season ensuring you all can enjoy the parties and cookies, stress-free. These activities are intended to fit right into your daily routine!
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Sign up for a Turkey Trot – What’s Thanksgiving without a little jog in the morning? With fifty states, you are sure to find a Turkey Trot 5K near you, especially with the Turkey Trot Race Locator. Make it a family event and register you and the rest of the gang for a morning full of laughter and sweat. Afterwards, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal with the ones you love.
Make chores fun – Are you having Thanksgiving at your house, preparing a bundle of holiday cookies in the kitchen or throwing a Christmas party within a couple of weeks? If you are, of course you will want the house spotless if anything is going on at your humble abode. Make a list of chores for the whole family to take part in. Make it into a competition by setting a time limit on who can do the most chores in the quickest amount of time! Throw on some music, dance and let the games begin. This is a fun way for your children to stay active and for you to have a clean house - we see it as a win-win for everyone.
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Take the dog for a walk – Come evening, you might want to wind down after a long day but your dog is jumping all of over you wanting to play. Take advantage of this! After dinner, stop what you are doing, gather the family together and take the dog for a long walk. This is a chance for your whole family to reconnect after a long day, while staying active for everyone, even the dog! If you don’t have a dog, just going for a walk with your the family is just as effective and important. Start making this a nightly activity.
Sign up for a fitness class together – Whether it’s the weekend, a random night on the weekday with nothing to do or your kids are on holiday break, sign up for a fun fitness class to do together. Even if your child may be still in a stroller, check out Fit4Mom to sign up for a class near you! If no location is available near you, check out your local gym and see if they have any offers. Whatever you choose to do, make it active and make it fun for everyone!
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Outdoor Activities – This can be anything. Any outdoor activity is perfect. With the winter season upon us, make it a family event and go skiing or sledding, have a snowball fight, or build a snowman. Celebrate by making hot chocolate afterwards.
Whatever your schedule may be like this holiday season, make sure to make time for yourself to de-stress and prepare for the next day. Whichever activity you choose to do with the family, make sure you have fun while doing it and it doesn’t cause any further stress. Remember, any sort of activity is better than no activity at all!