It’s getting to be ’tis the season when children are out of school for winter break. Will healthy holiday plans get derailed when your kids demand constant attention while at home? Scroll below as we share 12 healthy holiday activities your little ones will love.
There’s no reason to say “bah humbug” to the fact you’ll be spending more time with your children. In fact, the winter holidays can be a great time to make precious memories while staying active. Try these healthy holiay activities to jump start your resolutions this season.
Make a “Walk and Talk Date”
Skip the coffee and explore your neighborhood with a family member. This is a great way to have one-on-one time with a loved one while exploring new corners of your world.
Make Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Forget sugar cookies! Strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food that is packed with vitamins and fiber. Dipped in chocolate, this is one new Christmas tradition you will want to do again!
Tour the Holiday Lights
Is there a neighborhood near where you live that is known for its vivid displays of holiday lights? Gather your family members and take a stroll to see each house decked out in its finest. You can also keep an eye out for light displays at zoos and parks, or along the waterfront if you live near the water.
Play Snow Games!
Whether it’s snow in the backyard or too much turkey from Thanksgiving left-overs, it can be hard to get moving this month. So have your kids play in the snow! You could make a snow fort, or a snowman, or a good old-fashioned snow ball fight.
Jingle-Bell Fitness Course
Fitness circuit courses can easily be done with smaller groups like your family. To start, get your holiday playlist ready. Set-up 6-10 different exercise stations in a large space that are age-appropriate for your group. Try to mix things up, such as jump rope, lunges, planking, and jumping jacks. Once your stations are set-up, you can play your favorite holiday songs while getting in shape as a family. It’s a win-win!
Clean out your closets and donate all those winter coats. Donate canned food to a local food pantry. Make giving an annual holiday tradition for you and your family.
Set aside a time during the day to be completely free of screens. That’s right — television, tablets, and phones go dark! While this may sound scary, it’s an excellent opportunity to spend quality time together and will force you to think of practical ways to be together.
Plant a Garden
Depending on your December weather, gardening can be a great way to get outside and plant some fresh veggies for later this spring. For some ideas, here’s a list of vegetables you can plant in December.
Add a Healthy Twist to Recipes
For many of us, our favorite holiday memories are tied to a special side dish, dessert or recipe that’s been passed down through the family. So try a healthy twist on a classic holiday dish! Having a few lighter desserts and some more green veggies around the holiday table will make it a bit easier to stay healthy this month.
Consider Staying Home
With COVID-19 still ruining holiday travel plans, consider staying home this year. It’s unfortunate, but this may not be the year to see relatives, particularly if the gathering would bring together relatives who are older.
Zoom With Loved Ones
For many older men and women, loneliness can be an unfortunate side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Make a plan to check-in with your loved ones who are often by themselves. Even a phone call will brighten someone’s day to let them know that you care.
It’s true that yoga is a great way to maintain calm and focus. Isn’t this what we all need during the holidays. For some great poses, I highly recommend reading 7 Holiday Yoga Poses to Promote Calm.
Did these healthy holiday activities work for you? Was there something that I missed? I’d love to hear your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to subscribe to the Heart & Soul Newsletter to receive more great tips straight to your inbox each Friday.