The holiday season is upon us and during this hectic time of year we sometimes forget to give our bodies what they need to stay healthy. The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation recommends that you get active for at least 30 minutes a day in order to reduce your risk of breast cancer. It might seem hard to squeeze in 30 minutes of exercise but we are here to let you know that it’s not as tough as you might think. Check out a few ways to get your 30 minutes a day without even noticing.
Gift shopping Many of us are hitting the malls hard this season trying to find the perfect gifts for family & friends. Put a little pep in your step (walking about 2mph) and you would be burning up to 160 calories per hour, without even noticing!
Cleaning house Are you, your friend or your family hosting a holiday party this year? Get prepared for a party by doing some cleaning up around the house. Cleaning is being active, especially when it involves moving furniture or scrubbing hard to reach places. Don’t be afraid to get on your hands and knees to wash that dirty floor! By the time your house sparkles, you can check your 30 minutes a day off your to-do list.
Make part of your holiday party a fun outdoor activity Tobogganing, ice-skating and snowshoeing are perfect ways to get into the holiday spirit and get in a little exercise on the side. Not only will you be working up a sweat, but you’ll be making memories and maybe even starting new holiday traditions with your friends.
Take the stairs This might be an obvious one, but it’s the simplest way to get active. Instead of waiting for the elevator, work up a little sweat by climbing a few flights to get where you need to go.
Shoveling show If you live in the Prairies like we do, shoveling show is a part of our (almost) daily routine. Offer to do your neighbors driveway and you will get your 30 minutes, no sweat (okay, maybe just a little sweat).
Split your 30 minutes Don’t have time for a 30 minute workout? That’s okay! Go ahead and split up your activity into five or ten minute sessions. Stuck on the phone with mom? Do step-ups onto a chair or stool while you chat. Got a nightly routine? Try doing squats while you brush your teeth. Have a few minutes before your bus arrives? Fast walk to the next stop! Add it all up and you’re one active person.
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