16 Nov Christmas Exercise Survival Guide
It’s that time of year when we get very busy and very merry! We find that most people are so busy they forget to look after themselves – so here are our top tips on how you can keep that physical activity up!
1. Do what you need to do early
As we countdown to the big day we find more and more social functions keep cropping up – an after work drink, a visit to a relatives…they just keep coming! Try and do some exercise in the morning before you go to work, that way there should be no excuses for not moving.
2. Bring a friend
Christmas is a time for catching up with friends, so why not organise a catch up that involves moving? A walk in the park, a gym class or even a planned activity like a hike, bike ride or a visit to a water park? Having friends around you not only helps motivate you, but also gets them moving too!
3. Move at work
Whilst you’re at work why not try and add few “extra” excuses to move. Instead of emailing a colleague, make it a point to get off your chair. Instead of taking the lift, try the stairs. Instead of sitting in the lunch room, do a couple of walks around the block. The trick is to fit in physical activity whenever you can. (Oh and at that work Christmas party – get your dancing shoes on!)
4. Christmas shopping adventures
Christmas shopping can actually be a work out! Walking around the shopping centre for hours, carrying heavy bags around or pushing the trolley and kids around the mall. If you enjoy shopping, do a sneaky couple of laps and raise those heavy bags by your side!
5. Choose the right gift
Everyone loves a little Christmas sweet treat as a gift, but why not think of a gift that gets your loved ones moving? A fitness tracker? A piece of exercise equipment? For the kids, how about a hula hoop, soccer ball or a trampoline? The ideas are endless – and by finding something the whole family can take part in makes it even better!