Monday, 15 December 2014

Staying active over the holiday season

With the holidays coming up quickly, let’s remember the benefits of activity and try and reduce the amount of sitting time as much as possible.  

We all have plans and certain times set aside with family members but why not try to be creative and make the time together a little more active?  

Going for a walk in the milder weather is always a great idea and something most can take part in. Of course safety measures should be applied for walking on icy sidewalks, like using walking sticks and having good footwear or grips that give traction on the ice.  

Take the family to the local outdoor ice rink and go for a skate or maybe tobogganing on a local hill.  Play more active board games where more standing is involved or even hooking up to the Wii and play video games that involve movement. 

If you have some time off during the day, check out a local recreation centre and see what programs and classes they have to offer, maybe even try a few. 

These are just some ideas to get more activity into the holiday season as it can be so easy to relax and enjoy all the festivities and forget about keeping activity in the schedule.  Remember to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days of the week and plan ahead and schedule the time in.  

Happy Holidays!

Corinne Cutler is an Exercise Specialist at the Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network.