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Healthy Holiday Fitness Challenge

Tips to Keep Active Through-out the Holidays


With the holidays fast approaching, it is important to have a plan in mind for dealing with them. A plan helps keep us focused on our weight management goals throughout the season. By increasing the amount and frequency of physical activity, you can burn off those extra calories and look and feel better than ever. One of the most effective ways to maintain focus is to frequently bombard your brain with cues and prompts to exercise:

  • Put your walking shoes next to the bed so that you step right into them when you wake up or put your gym bag in a place where you bump into it throughout the day.
  • Leave a pair of shoes, shorts and a T-shirt in your car so that you are ready anytime.
  • Put up notes in the house, set an alarm clock or send yourself an e-mail as a reminder to exercise.
  • Set up a workout appointment with a buddy or get a personal trainer who will hold you accountable for your exercise schedule.
  • Provide yourself with options for exercise so that if one option is undesirable, the other is acceptable.

 
  Healthy Holiday Fitness Challenge

 

 

Fun and Games

Encourage your family to fit activity into our holiday get together. Here are some fun games to get you and your family moving:

 

Candy Cane Relay Race

Objective:
The first team to get all players across the finish line wins.

Needed:

  • 1 candy cane per team – have a few extras in case of breakage

Playing the Game:
Mark a race starting line. If weather permits, race around the house, the block, the neighborhood. Pick teams or 2 or more racers each. Give the 1st racer a candy cane. After completing his/her leg of the race, racer passes the candy cane to the next racer. The first team to get all players across the finish line, without dropping a candy cane, wins.

Rudolph Dash

Objective:
The first team to get all players across the finish line wins.

Needed:

  • Red construction paper
  • Double-stick tape

Playing the Game:
Cut circles out of the construction paper. Have each racer attach a circle to their nose with double-stick tape. Relay race to the finish line. If circle falls off, racer must return to starting line to reapply.

Simon Santa Says

Objective:
The first player to reach the finish line wins.

Needed:

  • Santa cap

Playing the Game:
To begin the game, use a convenient line on the floor or on the grass and have the players line up behind it. Choose someone to be "Santa". Santa should stand 10 or more feet from the players. Santa makes commands for the players to move forward a certain distance or to perform some act, for example "hop twice". If the command is preceded by "Santa Says" then the players may do as directed. If the command is not preceded by the statement then anyone obeying it is sent back to the starting line (or eliminated). The first player to reach a line upon which Santa is standing is the winner.

Fill the Christmas Stocking

Objective:
Team to fill their stocking first, wins.

Needed:

  • Stocking for each team
  • Spoon for each team
  • Bowl for each team
  • Acorns or nuts in their shells (pecans/peanuts/walnuts)

Playing the Game:
Divide into teams. Have players line up at one end of the room. At the other end, hang a Christmas stocking for each team. Place a bowl of nuts or acorns and a spoon in front of each team. Each player takes a turn taking an item from the bowl with the spoon. They then carry the item on the spoon to the stocking and drop it in the stocking. Race back to the next person in line, give them the spoon. First team to fill the stocking wins!

Musical Chairs

Objective: Be the last player "sitting".
Needed:

  • Holiday music
  • Chairs

Playing the Game:
Set chairs up in two rows back to back (one chair less than the beginning number of players). Turn the music on, and have the players walk around the chairs. When the music stops, players must sit in the closest chair. The player left standing is taken out of the game. Have players stand again and remove a chair. Start music again. This procedure is continued until only one person remains.

Tips brought to you by Fit City Challenge.
At the core of the Fit City Challenge are the goals of walking 5 miles per week and eating 5
fruits and vegetables each day, then recording progress in these areas through
www.fitcitychallenge.org.

 



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