GET FESTIVE. GET ACTIVE.
In the height of the holidays, it can be challenging to reach your regular heights in fitness. But to relieve stress and stay healthy, it’s important to keep exercise in your routine.
For adults, exercise helps promote health, fight disease, and prevent conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. For kids, it can help improve mental performance, ward off obesity, and create a lifetime habit of exercise. Most importantly for people of all ages, fitness can be just plain fun.
Taking active steps to take active steps during the holiday season will not only set a great example for kids, it will create memories that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Here are a few ways to celebrate the season on the move!
- Get outside. Colorado is meant for outdoor fun, and that doesn’t have to mean skiing or snowboarding. When the family’s together, head out to sled, make a snowman, have a snowball fight, or create snow angels. Playing is great exercise, and the fresh air will boost your spirit.
- Run to give back. Sign up the family to run or walk to help others. The Ugly Sweater 5k, benefits One Warm Coat, the Christmas Carol Classic benefits Denver Children’s Home, and the Santa Stampede in Littleton raises funds for the Food Bank of the Rockies. Discover more holiday races here!
- Hit the rocks. For a less formal activity, explore Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater in the off season. The park features multiple hiking trails, where you can take a brisk walk through the colorful rocks.
- Decorate together. Putting up lights and decorations and hanging ornaments can call for the physical feats of lifting boxes, getting up and down, and even climbing ladders. Play some music and get the whole family involved.
- Move and learn. Healthy living involves nurturing the spirit, mind, and body. You can do all three by spending a day at the Denver Art Museum. Walk through the galleries, and exercise the brain with a “Family Backpack” of art making, games, and puzzles.
- Add exercise to the list. The holidays are full of tasks and demands. Add fun “chores” to your to-do list, such as walking the dog, playing outside, or doing a set of jumping jacks. Check off items as they’re completed, then reward yourself and the kids for doing the whole list.
- Lace up your skates. Ice skating is a fun way to learn something new, spend time together, and get a great workout. Make it an adventure by skating for free at the plaza at Denver International Airport or the Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park.
- Come play at the Y. The Denver Y has multiple locations with open gym and pool hours. Shoot hoops, play a game, or go for a swim. Family memberships are available, along with guest passes to try out the facilities.
Staying active through the holidays is essential for healthy living. It can also help you reduce stress and reconnect with your friends and family. As you enjoy the festivities, focus on the fitness and the fun. To learn more ways to stay fit this season and into the New Year, contact any of the fitness professionals at your YMCA!