Take time this Christmas for exercise

By: By Kathy Hansen - Contributing columnist

Christmas Day is finally here. Well, it will be tomorrow.

What are you up to? Exchanging gifts? Prepping for the Christmas dinner? Taking a nap? Traveling? Whatever the day holds, believe it or not, adding a little time for fitness will make the day that much better. It’s hard enough to exercise the rest of the year, but add holidays to the mix and many of us find exercise becomes less of a priority as to-do lists grow longer and longer. If you are already a fitness person, keeping a little normalcy in your schedule will make getting back into your routine more seamless. If exercise has not been your thing, this might be the way to jumpstart a fitness program before the New Year.

On Christmas Day, the last thing you want is more stress and, for many of us, trying to keep to our usual workout program does just that. At the same time, staying active in some way will give you energy, reduce stress and tension and, of course, help mitigate some of the extra calories you may be eating. Before or after the Christmas dinner is served, try to make time to get you and your family some much-needed physical activity. Here are some quick and easy ways to get your “Merry Fitness” on.

— Walk as much as possible. Get out in the neighborhood and walk to visit friends and see what Santa left under their trees. It is also a great time to get your four-lgged friend an extra-long holiday walk or a run at the dog park.

— If you’re hanging out with kids, set up a game of football, ultimate Frisbee or another team activity.

— Most years, Santa leaves someone a bike, scooter or skates under the tree. Grab your preferred mode of transportation and get moving.

— If everybody’s sitting around watching football, get on the floor for some sit-ups or pushups or burpees. Make a contest of it, and see who can get the most done before the commercials end. There is nothing better than a little family competition to spice up a holiday!

— Check out your gym or local running clubs schedule as well. Many times they will offer a special class or fitness event to the community on holidays.

No matter how hectic your Christmas day seems, working in a little time for exercise is a good idea. You will feel more energetic to deal with what the day brings, enjoy some quality time with family and friends and keep on track for the upcoming year.

On behalf of the Hansens, myself, Kayla, Rebecca, Mary Nicole and the newest member of the family, Bruce Wayne, the dog, we hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year.

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By Kathy Hansen

Contributing columnist

Kathy Hansen has over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness field and plans to challenge her brother, Jim Bob, to a Burpee contest today. She can be reached via e-mail at hansen02@srmc.org

Kathy Hansen has over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness field and plans to challenge her brother, Jim Bob, to a Burpee contest today. She can be reached via e-mail at hansen02@srmc.org