The holidays are a special time. Presents are received and exchanged, loved ones spend time together, Uncle Ed dresses up as Santa Claus and scares the young children, and we are exposed to an absurd amount of glistening hams, extra large Christmas cookies, creamy eggnog, and other belt-busting treats, just a name a few. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but sometimes all the jolliness can really mess with our diets. Given that the holidays are a time to relax and kick back, not everyone wants to be working out in the gym everyday to burn those inevitable Christmas Calories. Here are some fun ways to get in some exercise without missing out on the holiday fun!
1. Take a walk around the neighborhood to check out the Christmas lights
There’s nothing more festive than walking around a pretty neighborhood to check out the lights adorning the houses, bushes, and trees and the luminaries that glow along the sidewalk. Grab some friends and power walk it! The cold air will keep you moving. Side note- be sure not to criticize the jumbo-sized, inflatable Santas. They have feelings too!
2. Venture into the attic and down to the basement for the Christmas decorations
You know they’re in those creepy, dark spaces but you’re too scared (or lazy?) to grab them. Walking up and down the stairs is a perfect way to work those buns and thighs. Plus all those ornaments, Christmas crafts, and wooden sleighs will make for some serious heavy lifting.