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"In Every Job that Must be Done, there is an Element of FUN"

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” Charles Schaefer

Putting FUN in fitness is 98% of the balancing act.

No matter the size of your end of year celebrations, always keeping fitness on top will not only help you feel good spiritually but also physically, especially with the flu season predicted to be fierce this year. Here are some ideas to help you get started now so that it is a routine and/or habit by the time the celebrations come around:

1- Have you ever done a Turkey Trot? Your whole family can participate, no prizes, just good old fun, and exercise. You can choose the format such as bike, hike, run, walk, skip, trot. Some Turkey Trot events even encourage you to dress up.

2- If the weather outside where you live holds bad weather in-store for Turkey Day, why not YouTube some 30-minute fitness exercises that the whole family can do. Make even more of a game out of it by making it a twister exercise jam. Make sure to stretch first and get your body warmed up then choose the most fun exercises and make it a family affair.

3- By all means, play outside if you can. Even though the air is cooler doesn’t mean you can’t play in the sand box or play flag football or create a back yard baseball game. If games are not your thing, go for a walk around a local pond, climb up a waterfall, go on a scavenger hunt using a list you create, or how about Autumn bingo?

4- On the other side of indoor recreation and family fun, I bet mom sure could use some help getting the house cleaned and decorated for the festivities. Play some great dance music, work hard and inside of one hour a 150 lb. adult could burn as much as 307 calories doing some heavy lifting.

5- Run or walk for 30-60 minutes but at every 1–2-minute interval, do this exercise sequence: Turkey Burn Workout:

-!0 Jump Squats

-10 Push ups

-10 Burpees

-10 Leg raises

6- If the Turkey Trot/Run sounds good to you, why not host a morning good health breakfast or snack. Include easy to grab healthy foods like granola bars or yogurt parfaits, peanut butter with banana sandwiches, etc. It could become the best part of the entire holiday celebration.

7- Creating leaf piles to jump into while getting the lawn ready for winter is an all over body workout. See how many times the dog or the kids can tear down that leaf pile before it has to be piled up again.

8- If it will just be your immediate core family, why not pretend you are the pilgrims and sleep and eat outdoors. Make a bonfire, bring tents and blankets, do all the physical work the pilgrims did to show their thankfulness for their new beginnings.

9- Pick pine cones and create pine cone bouquets by soaking the cones in water until they open. You can add food coloring to the water and the pine cones will take on the color.

10- Even when the holiday is over there are still walks to take, festivals to visit, apples to pick, pumpkins to carve, hikes in National Parks to explore, and flower bulbs to plant to get ready for spring blooms.


How do you or will you include fitness into your holiday celebrations?

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