Holidays have become synonymous with parties full of delectable food and drinks with family or friends. Between a vacation trip and a calendar filled with commitments, it can be easy to drop the fitness.
However, just a little creativity to make physical activity a priority – even a game – among your family and friends. To make it part of your celebrations and your traditions, as opposed to another obligation that must be fulfilled during chaos, means that you are more likely to stick to it and enjoy it. Plus, by including everyone, you will probably have better end-of-year parties, as exercise can help reduce stress and promote a better night's sleep.
We've put together ideas to help you make this holiday season active for you and your family.
1. SIGN YOUR FAMILY FOR A RACE
The simplest way to stay active during the holidays is to sign your family for a local race. Trots from Turkey and reindeer trails are a must in most cities and allow you to be active before the festivities begin. In fact, some of these races have existed for more than a century, such as the Buffalo Turkey Trot, which has been held annually since 1896. Most of these races extend over a distance of 1 to 10 km, which makes them accessible to family members of all fitness levels – do not be afraid to go out and just walk the course! Make the event even more fun for the family by dressing in a suit or picking up hot chocolate after the run.
2. START AN AMICIAL COMPETITION
The competition has never hurt anyone! If you're struggling to stay motivated, this can be a great way to encourage the whole family to have fun. If your family members do not have activity tracking, you can give pedometers to the crew and organize a vacation challenge. Either each put a few dollars in a pool that the winner can use to offer a gift or get creative with the prize (for example, maybe the winner does not have to do dishes or choose a gift to open a few days early). Also involve the children by organizing a separate competition for them. Whether it lasts a whole week or a month, everyone will be moving every day to make sure that they come first.
3. CHANGE HOW YOU CHECK FOR VACATION POSTERS
Many cities all come out for the holidays with lavish light displays; some are set up by the city and some neighborhoods themselves have adopted the tradition. If you and your family are going to see the lights, why not walk instead of driving? Of course, you can drive to the area of the city where the screens are located, but this year try to park and take the lights with a thermos of hot chocolate and a walk in the street. Not only will you have more time to admire details that you would not have noticed while passing by the car, but you can also travel a few kilometers with your family and meet other neighbors and locals on the way.
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4. PLAY YOUR OWN FOOTBALL GAME
When it comes to vacations, football is a common tradition, especially during Thanksgiving. While it may be usual to lie on the couch in front of the Thanksgiving NFL game after your meal, why not hold a family – or a neighborhood – football game of your choice? If you really do not want to miss watching your favorite team play live, you can still hold the game during half-time – role play like teams on TV – and see if the winner matches the champion of your game.
5. MAKING THE ABILITY AN ANNUAL TRADITION
When it comes to opening gifts – and this is especially true for children – the rest of the morning is often spent in the living room playing with the new batch of toys. With our current technology, it often means sitting in front of any screen. There is nothing wrong with spending time indoors, of course, but this year try to change things. After giving family members an hour or two to enjoy their new gadgets, take a present that you have "forgotten" for the whole family. The catch? It must be played by the whole family as soon as it opens! Make sure that it is related to fitness – it can work from a new basketball to a set of kites or tennis balls – and go out to play with the family for the rest of the afternoon. Not only will you whet your appetite, but you will also have some activity before going back inside to play with your new tech gadgets.
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