Stay Merry and Active: Staying Fit During the Holidays
By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Specialist
The festive season is synonymous with joy, indulgence, and quality time spent with loved ones. However, it is also a time when our fitness routines often take a back seat. While it is tempting to surrender to the allure of holiday treats and cozy nights in, maintaining a balance with regular exercise can make a significant difference in how we feel during and after the holidays.
Festive Workouts: A Jolly Twist to Fitness
Incorporate the holiday spirit into your exercise routine. Consider festive-themed workouts that add a touch of merriment to your sessions. Whether it’s a holiday yoga flow, a dance party workout, or a brisk winter walk through illuminated neighborhoods, these activities can infuse your fitness routine with the joy of the season.
Family Fitness Fun!
Use the holidays as an opportunity to involve the entire family in physical activities. Plan outdoor adventures, like a family hike or a friendly game of soccer. Not only does this promote family bonding, but it also ensures that everyone stays active together. It’s a win-win situation that allows you to cherish moments with your loved ones while staying fit.
Plan Ahead and Schedule Workouts
The holiday season can be hectic, but scheduling your workouts in advance can help you stay committed. Treat exercise as an essential part of your day, just like any other holiday preparation. Setting aside specific times for physical activity ensures that you prioritize your well-being amid the hustle and bustle.
Balance and Enjoyment
Remember that the holiday season is also about enjoyment. Allow yourself to savor festive treats in moderation and consider incorporating healthier alternatives into your celebrations. Balancing indulgence with mindful eating and regular exercise contributes to a healthier and happier holiday experience.
In conclusion, staying active during the holidays doesn’t have to be a dauting task. By infusing a bit of festive flair into your workouts, involving loved ones, and planning ahead, you can maintain a healthy balance between holiday indulgence and fitness. So, lace up those sneakers, embrace the joy of the season, and make it both merry and active.