As hearty New Englanders, we learn to embrace the beauty of the four seasons with open arms—and that includes keeping our fitness routines in check. Whether you hunker down at the gym during the cold winter months or hit the ski trails, there are many ways to maintain physical activity. During the holiday season, though, it can be hard to balance time spent with family, seasonal obligations, and preparations in addition to the exercise routine you’ve worked so hard to sustain throughout the year.
At South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT), our team loves staying active and enjoys the many benefits it provides, including supporting a healthy weight, lowering heart rate, strengthening bones, and more. That’s why we’re bringing you five fun physical activity suggestions to help you balance it all.
- With SCPT’s Physical Therapy Exercises available online, we make it easy to keep active no matter what Mother Nature has in store for us. These step-by-step, total body stretches will allow you to squeeze in a quick workout right from your living room—perfect for when the first blizzard hits and when you’re pressed for time.
- It’s the season of holiday shopping, so why not hit the mall before stores open? A few laps around a shopping center can add up to miles. Checking off your holiday shopping list while getting in your daily physical activity is a big win and an effortless way to reach your goals.
- Never underestimate the calorie-burning power of outdoor play. Encourage your kids to engage with you in a fun and spirited snowball fight. Dodging, leaping, and throwing powdery snowballs will give you a great workout that doesn’t feel like work. Plus, it’s something fun that the whole family can enjoy. Other family favorites include snow shoeing, down hill or cross country skiing, or skating on a neighborhood pond. Winter activites with your children inspire health and well-being, and create loving and lasting memories for all to treasure.
- Instead of programming your Stairmaster to “uphill climb,” why not try the real thing? Bring your family on a wagon or sledding adventure for challenging aerobic exercise, and as you walk up and down hills, you’re working your core and lower body muscles.
- Whether you’re “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or spinning to “Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel,” a holiday dance competition is a fun way to get the entire family involved in physical activity. Turn up the tunes, and break out your best moves.
The SCPT team hopes this list will help inspire your family to stay physically active this winter season, with outdoor and indoor activities that everyone can enjoy. A lifelong dedication to maintaining healthy habits starts at a young age. Demonstrate that exercise can be fun, in addition to explaining the myriad of benefits it provides, and you’ve given a wonderful holiday gift that will last a lifetime.