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Staying Active During the Holidays

Despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to remain active.

Staying Active During the HolidaysThis time of year is packed with festivities: shopping, baking, and holiday parties. And with an ever growing social calendar lies another excuse not to hit the gym. However, despite the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is important to remain active.

It is recommended that adults partake in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day in order to maintain weight, improve mood, reduce stress, etc. Here are some tips to stay active this holiday season:

Shorten your regular routine. While you may feel guilty only squeezing in 10-15 minutes of your usual workout, but some activity is always better than none.

Park a little further away. When you hit the department stores instead of searching for that perfect spot, pick one in the back. A few extra steps here and there can really add up.

Take the stairs.

Go ice-skating, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing. Enjoy some activities that only the winter season has to offer. For information on skiing or snowshoeing, check out

Take a trip to the snow hill and do some sledding. Hiking up the sledding hill torches calories, while the trip down is sure to put a smile on your face.

Build a snowman or snow fort. It is fun and inexpensive.

Check out holiday lights. Rather than drive around looking at lights, take a walk around the neighborhood to do some sight-seeing.

Play a game inside. Many game systems offer great activities require moving more than just your thumbs. Try a dancing game like Zumba, or tennis to get the heart rate up. If you do prefer to stay away from the screen completely, try a game like Twister.

No matter what you decide to do to keep active this season, remember to have a happy, healthy holiday.

Nikki Johnson, M.S., R.D., L.R.D., Community Wellness Specialist

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