The holidays are upon us, and for many, that means holiday parties, family gatherings, egg nog and sweets galore. For many it also means the kids are home from school for what seems like weeks on end. While a break from driving the kids all over town means more downtime at home, it can also be a recipe for a little stir-craziness. To avoid the latter, here are some fun ways to get the whole family moving this holiday season:
Sledding is a great way to get everyone together and get active. Drive, or for added exercise, walk to a shill and have fun sledding down. It will be great fun, but it’s also a great way to burn excess energy walking up the hill multiple times.
Head to your local rink with the family for a little ice-skating fun. It’s a great family activity, and it serves as a great workout. If you have little ones, it’s a great time to teach them a new hobby and skill. Most ice skating rinks have crates or other devices for added balance while learning to skate.
Bike, Walk, Run
If the weather is on the warmer side of the spectrum, gather the troops and head outside for a biking excursion or a family walk or jog around the neighborhood. The best time to do this is in the afternoon, especially if the sun is shinning, which will offer a little extra warmth.
Work Out at Home
An obvious way to get everyone moving at home is to do a family workout. A way to make it fun for everyone is to make it a friendly competition. See who can do the longest plank, the most pushups or the most jumping jacks in a minute. Another fun activity for everyone is to grab a deck of cards and assign an exercise with each suit. Have the kids pull one card out at a time and everyone performs the exercise assigned to the suit, and the card’s number will determine the number of reps everyone does. Jacks, queens, kings and aces can all be 10 reps to keep things simple. Then work out together until you make it through the entire deck.
Jason DeHenzel has trained some of New York’s most prestigious clients, including high-profile lawyers, advertising executives, movie producers and musicians. Sophie DeHenzel is a Pn1-certified nutritionist and former downhill ski racer. The pair founded DeHenzel Training Systems, a 2015 Home-Based Business of the Year from the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. DeHenzel Training Systems develops customized fitness plans for clients of different abilities, experience and commitment. Find out more at dtsnova.com.