The holidays are a time to be with family and friends celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. The holidays often also mean eating treats, sweets, fatty foods and more alcohol than usual. Nothing wrong with celebrating but what about finding more balance during the celebrations with 5 tips to stay active?
Making a plan for the holidays is key. Going in with clear intentions is the best way to come out of the Christmas break with the best mindset to start the new year. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the season and to forget about our health. Here are my tips to stay active during the festivities:
1. Plan to walk every day
Make a commitment to getting out for a least 10 minutes daily. It doesn’t have to be long but make a plan to step outside each day. Walk around your neighbourhood or find a trail nearby. (The St-Williams Conservation Reserve is a beautiful spot for a nature walk).
It is so easy to find excuses not to get outside. Yes people may be over for a visit. Yes you have many commitments but taking 10 mins of your day is doable and it will increase your level of energy. So worth it! Challenge family members to join you on your daily walk. Walking outside is amazing for your physical and mental health, make it happen for you!
2. Try something new (or something you haven’t done in a while)
Think outside the box and try a new activity during the holidays. Fat biking might be a good one to try, reach out to Elevation Mountain Bike Camps and Coaching to rent a ride or get on a tour. How about snowshoeing, cross country skiing or skating? Find something that scares you a little and make a plan to attempt it at least once during the festivities. It is never too late to try something exciting. Fit it in your calendar and you will be empowered to keep moving in 2018.
3. Family time
Be a kid again and have some fun playing in the snow with your kids, nieces, nephews or grandkids. Build a fort or plan to play tag or hide-and-go-seek. Take some time off the electronics and just play! Dress warm, put on your snow pants, mittens and tuques and use your imagination to have a great time outdoors. What about setting up a family challenge? Create an event that everybody can participate in and award some small prizes to the winners. Scavenger hunts can be amusing for anybody in your group.
4. Create a new tradition
Instead of passing out on the couch in a food coma after the big holiday meal, gather everyone for an annual family game of road hockey, tag frisbee or capture the flag! Set up on the yard or at a park nearby, make teams and have a blast playing together. Whatever game you choose, your heart will be pumping and you will feel refreshed. Make the activity a new holiday tradition to look forward to every year. Keep scores to keep the excitement at a high level. Bragging rights make for a good conversation for years to come!
This holiday season, take time to connect, play and laugh together. I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I want to take the time to say thank you for following along with me on the GoNorfolk adventures over the last year. That was 11 free events, 19 blog posts, 17 live broadcasts and the start of an amazing active community. Continue to be active and empower others by posting your pictures of active living around Norfolk County by using the hashtag #GoNorfolk.
Amélie Chanda is a Norfolk County based wellness coach with a passion for active living. She works with individuals and organizations that are ready to make a commitment to a healthy life. She provides support, tools and motivation to help her clients reach their health goals. In 2017 she launched the #GoNorfolk community initiative to empower people to get off the couch and to explore Norfolk County. She is now the Active Living Ambassador for Norfolk County.