Add Exercise to Your Holiday Celebrations

By Brandi Goodman 

The holidays can leave your belt too tight with all the food you find yourself consuming. Too many people overindulge thinking they'll just burn the calories after the season is over. You don't have to wait. Add exercise to your holiday celebrations so you can help yourself stay on track and your belt down a notch. 

Turn Up the Music

Some people keep the music quiet or have none at all when their holiday celebrations are commencing. Turn up the music for at least part of your party so you can get the crowd dancing. A holiday dance party can have everyone up and moving to get the exercise they need. Play your favorite holiday tunes. 

Plan Game Time

If dancing isn't your thing then you can at least get people up by planning game time. It helps to keep your party fun and prevent a lag where everyone is just sitting around without much to talk about. Make sure you have some prizes to keep people inspired and wanting to participate.

Get a Game Going Outside

Decent weather is possible on Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can get a game going outside where everyone, or at least most people, can participate. A game of touch football is a good option or even just shooting some hoops works well. Either way you'll be burning off the calories of the meal you just consumed and keeping you and your guests energized and involved.

Start Your Day With a Walk

You don't have to include fitness during your event if you don't want to. You should, however, start your own day with some exercise time to be sure you get it in. You may not want to get up and move after a long day of visiting with family and friends and enjoying a heavy meal. Walk first thing in the morning before your festivities start. It'll help clear your mind and better prepare you for the tasks ahead.

Plan a Family Adventure

The whole family can go on a walk together later in the day or you can plan a fun adventure. Maybe you make up a holiday-themed scavenger hunt and have everyone out looking for items. Everyone can take a picture of the things they find around the neighborhood for proof before checking them off the list. There are pre-made holiday scavenger hunt lists you can buy or you can create your own. 

Exercise should always be on your to-do list. It helps you burn calories while also helping to keep you in good spirits. Add it to your holiday celebration and have everyone up, moving, and feeling great. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.

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