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Christmas Health Tips – Stay Active
Remember to Stay Physically Active!
The holiday season is about family and food – and all too often, adding a few
extra pounds to our waistlines. Being physically active throughout the entire
year is important to maintaining a healthy weight. The American Heart Association
recommends that children (up to age 18) get at least 60 minutes a day and adults
get at least 150 minutes per week of moderately vigorous physical activity. Keep
your family physically active when the weather gets chilly with these tips:
• Go sledding. Running up a snowy hill, sliding down and repeating is a
great way to get the whole family physically active.
• Ice skate. This is a great workout for your legs and heart. You’ll also help
strengthen your core, which is engaged when trying to keep you balanced.
• Shovel the snow. Someone has to do it, and it’s a great way to get the
heart pumping and the other muscles working. But don’t overdo it!
• Go for an afternoon or evening walk, jog or run – and bring the dog!
As long as you’re dressed warmly any time of day can be enjoyable for
taking a stroll or a jog. Winter days are shorter, so start early enough to
finish before it gets too dark.
• Visit the gym or local community center. This is also a great way to
entertain out-of-town guests. Grab a basketball, some jump ropes or
volleyball for some fun physical activity
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