How to Get Your Family Fit for the Holidays!


The holiday season is a very busy time for many families and can be hard to find time to get in physical activity.  However, fitting in small amounts of physical activity more frequently can make a big difference.   Try some of these tips to stay active over the holidays:
  • Move more when running errands.  Park in the back of the parking lot, walk an extra lap around the mall, and choose the stairs over the escalator.  
  • Clean up the house.  Cleaning out the closet, raking leaves, shoveling snow,  cooking can even count towards physical activity!
  • Play a game of touch football or other sports with family and friends.  Play football, soccer or kickball - or any other sport that your family enjoys.  Be sure to get the kids involved in choosing the sport or activity.
  • Schedule a walking date.  Catch up with an old friend by exploring a new walking trail or take a stroll around the neighborhood.
  • Check out the neighborhood light display.  Have a family walk around your neighborhood or nearby park to see all of the beautiful lights on display.
What is your favorite physical activity to do with your family during busy times?
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