Getting out with the kids in the cold weather, whilst keeping the costs down, can prove to be hard over the Christmas holidays. Luckily, we have some great ideas for keeping them busy and helping to keep your weight loss exercise up!
Go ice skating
Get down to your local rink and give it a go! It’s an all over workout and requires a lot of core stability!
Hit the slopes
You don’t have to spend a fortune on a cabin in Val D’Isere and getting on the mountains. There are lots of indoor ski centres around the UK that mean you can burn calories and have fun skiing, snowboarding or ringo-ing inside!
Play in the snow
OK, we know we might be dreaming of a white Christmas with this one and we don’t want to encourage arguments, but snowball fights can be fun! Looking for something a little less energetic? Try building a snowman – still fun even as an adult!
Walk around a Christmas market
Not technically an exercise, but it is a good way to up your activity levels! Get present hunting and carrying enough presents could count as weights!
Not just for kids – adult sledging is fun! Pick up a cheap sledge from your local DIY shop and take it to your nearest hill. It doesn’t even need to be snowy, ice will do it! Plus the walk up the hill to the top is great cardio.
Hand-deliver your local Christmas cards
Instead of spending money on stamps or risking delays in the post, why not walk your Christmas cards round to your local recipients! Get your step count up and save money!
Visit some Christmas lights
Know a local park that has illuminations? Or maybe a neighbourhood near you have a brilliant light display on their houses? Get out and about and explore the beautiful festive lights!
Or maybe you’re looking to get some weight loss activity and serious fitness in over the Christmas holidays?
We all know about the fitness rush that happens post-Christmas, but how many of us maintain our activity levels and exercise before Christmas comes?
With all the opportunities to socialise, thinking about your fitness routine can take a backseat, but it’s the perfect time to get out and combat the festive over-indulgences.
Here are our top tips for keeping moving during the Christmas period.
- Plan in the times you know you can fit in a workout or activity around your busy schedule. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes to get out in the fresh wintery air.
- Take a friend with you. Training with someone else and having someone support your activity and exercise is a great way to stay motivated. Why not set each other little challenges or competitions against each other as extra incentive?
- Go to classes. Surround yourself with people who have the same mindset as you. Chances are, the classes will be a lot quieter than usual and you’ll get more 1-to-1 time with the instructor – use it as a chance to get a mini personal trainer session!
- Find a local Park Run – With over 692 park locations there is bound to be a Park Run near you. Each course is 5km and is for all ages and abilities. Why not check out your local event and go along. Be encouraged by everyone else who has gone along to have a jog around the park!
- Book a personal trainer session. Treat yourself to a gift and have a great workout drawn up by a professional. They are bound to motivate you and it gives you exercises to take away into your own workouts for the future.
- Make the holidays a time for family activities. Cold, sunny, wintery days are some of the best to wrap up and get out in. Plan activities for all the family, even if it’s just in the garden and get out and have some fun!
For more structured advice on fitness and your health, then come along to a free initial weight loss consultation where our in clinic Doctor can give you tips on how to gradually increase your ac