How to Stay Fit During the Winter Break
By Adam Vickers, Sports Editor
Every year around this time, when we hit the holiday season, we stuff ourselves full of Christmas goodies. Everybody has those Christmas parties they love to attend, the Christmas cookies we all enjoy, and those warm Christmas drinks that heat your hearts on those cold winter nights. How then, do you enjoy all that the holidays have to offer while staying fit? Well, you are in luck, as there are many ways to stay fit over the winter holidays, and all it requires is that you get off the couch. This article looks at a number of ways to get out and enjoy the holiday season while maintaining that chiseled physique you have worked so hard to keep over the semester.
Let’s begin; the first thing you can do to stay fit over the holidays is helping others shovel snow. Shoveling snow is that task that everyone hates to deal with during the winter, but, when you get down to it, it has to be done. You don’t have to stop at just shoveling the snow on your driveway – offer to help others clear off a local rink, or shovel at a local senior’s house; it can go a long way to helping out the community and your health.
Another thing you can do to stay fit over the holidays is get out of the house and enjoy the snow. Often, we spend way too much time hating the snow because it sucks to drive in, finds a way to make everything wet, and can sometimes just be plain miserable, but it doesn’t have to be. There are tons of ways to get out and enjoy the snow, from skiing local hills to finding any kind of hill to go sledding on.
An activity that can be fun in the snow, but does not require hills, is snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are great activities to enjoy during the winter; they are quite the strenuous activity and are a lot of fun to learn. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing uses a lot of energy to keep your balance, as well as using a lot of energy in general just to move. Attempting one of these activities will go a long way to keeping that weight off during the winter and staying fit.
The previous activities may be a bit extreme to stay fit, but there are still a couple of things you can do if those activities are not possible or are a bit out of your comfort range. The best things you can do throughout the winter holiday is to get out and do ANYTHING. There are tons of festive activities out and around the town where all it requires you to do is show up. Although these activities may not be the most active, it gets you out and about walking. For the average person, inactivity is the biggest reason for gaining all that holiday weight, and getting out and walking around can do wonders for keeping those winter pounds off. Just dealing with the cold alone can spike your metabolism because of the extra energy it takes to keep your body warm.
Really, it doesn’t take much to stay fit over the winter holidays and still enjoy all that the holidays have to offer. What it comes down is eating right and staying active; accomplishing both will make it easy to stay fit as well as enjoy the holidays.