Don’t ignore physical activity during the holidays. Activity helps reduce feelings of stress and can give you extra energy. Even in cold snowy weather, you can bundle up and enjoy a winter walk or other calorie-burning activities such as sledding, ice skating, cross-country skiing, and snow shoeing.
If cold, snowy weather doesn’t motivate you to enjoy outdoor activities, winter is still a great time to try indoor physical activities:
- Go to the gym or recreation center
- Pop in an exercise video, or an active video game (e.g., Wii®)
- Set up an activity tournament with competitions: Who can do the most jumping jacks in one minute? Who can jump on one leg the longest without falling over? Who can do the most push-ups? Play follow-the-leader throughout the house to your favorite music. Brainstorm other ideas for an indoor activity tournament.