It’s the happiest time of the year…. And definitely the busiest for most of us too. With Christmas, School Holidays, Harvest, Frantic present shopping, busy work lives and all the day to day chores, it is easy for other things in life to slip by the wayside over this period. One of the most common includes exercise and our daily movement! It is easier to convince ourselves that we don’t have time to fit it in, than to make it work. BUT… today I am going to let you in on 4 fun and easy ways to get your movement in without even having to try.
1. GET WET
We all love a water fight or a swim in the pool on a hot Summer's day. Don’t just watch the kids playing, get involved! Both you and them will have a blast and it won’t feel like exercise at all chasing each other around the backyard as water bombs fly over your head.
2. BUY AN OUTDOOR GAME
Give the gift of movement that the whole family can enjoy together this Christmas. Sometimes the simplest things can be the most fun so why not give totem tennis, corn hole, Finska or even good old fashioned chasey a go to get everyone up on their feet this Holidays.
3. SEE THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BY FOOT
Why not get the family in the Christmas Spirit by taking a walk one night to admire all of the Christmas lights around your street, block or even the whole town! Not only will you save yourself the fuel money but your body will love you for the extra steps in your day too. Plus the kids will be so entertained looking at the Christmas lights they won’t even notice that they are walking.
4. MAKE IT A TRADITION
Why not start an active tradition that the whole family can get involved in to get moving around the holiday season. It might be an annual tennis tournament, a backyard cricket bonanza, a bike ride together on christmas morning! The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Tailor it to your family and the things you love to do and everyone will be having a blast.
Remember not to be too hard on yourself over the Holiday Period if you haven’t hit your usual physical activity goals. It is important to give your body time to rest, a chance to have fun with family and acknowledge all the hard work you have put in and the goals you have achieved over the last 12 months.
Accredited Exercise Physiologist