The hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the stress that accompanies them, leave little room to think about exercise or fitness. When the cold weather arrives, think how easy it becomes to park in front of the TV or the computer for the evening. Furthermore, the office parties, the wide array of tempting treats and the visiting friends and relatives do little to keep our body in motion.
Why wait until the spring to get started on your wellness program? Start moving now because your body will always benefit from any motion it can get. Exercise helps alleviate stress and depression, helps us sleep better, helps maintain our body weight and puts a spring in our step. It also helps kids work off some of their excitement and excess energy in a healthy way.
Relish the clean and brisk air by bundling everyone up and going for an evening star watching walk. A perfect way to brighten up someone else’s day and to get moving is to volunteer at the humane society or for a local animal rescue. There are more volunteers to walk dogs and care for animals during the summer, but who will take care of them in the winter? The staff members will appreciate a break from the cold also.
Take pleasure in the beauty and the stillness of the season. Have you ever built a snow fort with your kids or thrown a snowball? Make snow blowing or shoveling fun and meaningful by encouraging your kids to help out a senior or less fortunate person Watch a senior’s eyes light up when they see the entire family shoveling their walkway. They will be grateful and your children will learn about the joy of giving to others.
Stay healthy, keep moving and enjoy your holiday season!