It’s getting to be the season when children are out of school for winter break. Will healthy holiday activities get derailed when your kids demand constant attention at home? Scroll below as we share a few 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. The winter holidays can be a great time to make precious memories while staying active. Try these healthy holiday 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. What 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 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 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 watch 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 leftovers, it can be hard to get moving this month. So have your kids play in the snow! You could make a snow fort, snowman, or a good old-fashioned snowball fight.
Jingle-Bell Fitness Course
Your kids can easily do fitness circuit courses with smaller groups. To start:
- Get your holiday playlist ready.
- Set up 6-10 different exercise stations in an ample space that is age-appropriate for your group.
- Try to mix things up, such as jump rope, lunges, planking, and jumping jacks. Once your stations are ready, you can play your favorite holiday songs while getting in shape as a family.
It’s a win-win!
Have you ever thought about cleaning out your closets and donating all those winter coats? Or how about donating 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. Here’s a list of vegetables you can grow in December for some ideas.
Yoga is indeed a great way to maintain calm and focus. Isn’t this what we all need during the holidays. I highly recommend reading 7 Holiday Yoga Poses to Promote Calm for some great poses.