Five Festive Activities that Are Health Focused
The holiday season is upon us once again! But with all of the excitement surrounding this time of year, what are some things that you can do to make sure your health is still a top priority?
While Christmastime is wonderful and filled with so many fun activities, the hustle and bustle can often make your schedule quite busy. This makes it that much more difficult to choose activities that are still healthy. But who says that festive activities can’t still be good for you too? Check out five holiday activities that are health focused!
1) Playing in the Snow
There are tons of snowy activities that you can do with the whole family that are sure to get the blood pumping. Ideas include a snowball fight, building a snowman, making a snow fort or going snowshoeing. While these activities are all classic holiday choices and highly enjoyable, they still encourage either running, lifting heavy snow or walking. In other words, you get the best of both worlds!
Carolling is a classic holiday activity that is much loved by many. Not only is it a great way to spread the holiday cheer, but it also gets you outside and walking! Walking has many health benefits when done on a regular basis, including increased cardiovascular health and weight control. Try mapping out a larger route for your carolling this year to get some added steps in. For even more health benefits, try running in between each house to get that heart beat up!
Nothing quite compares to the rush of hopping on a sled and zooming down the biggest hill you can find in your neighbourhood, as many kids can attest! Sledding is a must-do for the Christmas holidays, and it’s also a great way to get in more activity. As we all know, what goes down must come up - that is, if it wants to go down again! If you’ve chosen a big hill in order to get the most fun for your ride down, this is a great workout to climb back up each time. Try racing your family to the top for a better workout!
4) Making a Healthy Gingerbread House
Who says gingerbread houses have to be bad for you? Building and decorating a gingerbread house is one of the best holiday traditions, particularly on those extra-cold wintery days. But with all of the typical candy, cookie and icing that comes along with the process, the activity often isn’t as healthy as you’d like it to be. This year, try this healthy gingerbread house recipe so that you can still have all the fun of decorating while being more health-conscious.
5) Taking a Walk to see the Christmas Lights
The beauty of the Christmas lights is one of the things I look forward to most every year. Make it a family tradition to scout out the best-decorated houses in your neighbourhood and get walking! If you do some research, map out a route and bundle up, you can easily get in an hour of walking while admiring the beautiful handiwork of local homeowners. Alternatively, you can also look up if there are any light festivals or events in your area to walk around at, like Zoolights in Calgary.
And there you have it! This festive season, enjoy all of your favourite traditions that still encourage healthy living throughout the holidays. It’s as easy that!