Workout Wednesday: How to keep the family active during the holidays



During the holidays it’s hard to be active, but it doesn’t have to be.

“Get out even if it’s just walking around the neighborhood. Maybe throwing a Frisbee, horse shoes or any excuse to get outside and move.”

Personal Trainer Meredith Atterbery said any activity is better than none.

“Find something your family enjoys. There are so many options out there like kicking a soccer ball, throwing a football or a Frisbee. It doesn’t have to be high intensity or high impact. As long as it has that social connection and that activity connection.”

The holidays are a great time to start a new tradition.

“There are themed runs almost every single weekend this time of year. Whether it’s a Turkey Trot or the YMCA Gingerbread Jog. Practicing for that. training for that could be your family’s new tradition. You could start doing that race every year.”

Atterbery said your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

“Ask for help. If you need that fresh air, that movement, have someone stay and watch the oven or have someone else working on something at home and you go out and get that walk. It’s a great way to clear your head, relax, get those good endorphins going to be able to handle those family pressures.”

The main goal is to keep moving while also enjoying a great time with family and friends.

“If you love going to the gym, absolutely do it. Bring your friends, bring your family, show them your routine. But if that’s not your thing there are so many awesome options out there.”

To learn more about the YMCA visit their website.

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