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How to Stay Active During the Holidays

It seems like as soon as November starts, the food gets heavier and more decadent and the urge to stay indoors becomes a force stronger than gravity. Gone are the light summer treats, replaced with thick pies padded with cream. No longer are the days long and the afternoons ripe for a pleasant walk - so how do you stay active during the winter months? How do you fight the lure of holiday treats and evenings in front of the television?

The winter solstice might not be until Dec. 22, but there's nothing stopping you from preparing for the coldest months of the year now. Actually, the first step should be to look past the winter, into next spring and summer. Go ahead and take a moment to close your eyes and think about what clothes you want to wear next summer. Think about that one specific outfit that you just want to feel great in - got it?

Use this visualization to focus your motivation for staying active throughout the holiday season. Winter will be the chrysalis from which you emerge next spring, feeling great and comfortable.

Many typical winter activities can double as exercise.Many typical winter activities can double as exercise.

Outdoor Activities
Depending upon where you live, there will still be days when you and your family can go outside for some winter fun. The holidays are about spending time with family, and there's no better way to do that than to turn off all the cell phones and go for a walk. Explore the world of fresh snow with your nuyu™ Activity Tracker. Remember to wear layers so you can take them off if you begin to overheat.

Many of the other activities associated with winter are great for staying active. Try out snowboarding or skiing. Even an afternoon at the skating rink could be an excellent way to get some cardio exercise. Playing in the snow with your kids is a fun bonding experience and a super easy way to keep active - build a snowman, make snow angels or sled down the local hill.

When the weather is bad outside, take the activities indoors.When the weather is bad outside, take the activities indoors.

Indoor Activities
Sometimes you just have to stay indoors. When the winter winds are blowing and the sleet is falling hard, it's better not to travel outdoors. But that doesn't necessarily mean you have to curl up on the couch. Grab a yoga mat and practice your forms. Even simple breathing exercises will keep your mind in the right place. Stretching every day and performing some balance exercises such as tai chi can be perfect for those days when it's just too cold to go outside.

For those of you who work from home, it can be even more of a challenge to stay active during the holiday season. Remember to get up every now and again and walk around the house. Your nuyu™ Activity Tracker will keep a count of your steps.

There's no reason to hibernate this winter. Stay active and get ready for next spring.