Help the kids stay active over the holiday break
Holiday breaks can be an invitation to do a whole lot of sitting around. But parents can incorporate activities into everyday and holiday activities, according to i9 Sports, a youth sports franchise.
“The trick is to make it fun,” said Brian Sanders, chief operating officer of i9 Sports. “You can sneak exercise into your busy holiday activities and it won’t feel like hard work. You’re going through your same holiday routine but in much more creative and energetic ways.”
The company has some “break the laziness” ideas, some of which may seem corny, but you get the idea:
+Bring a Football, basketball or Hoola Hoop on vacation and go play.
+Hand-deliver Christmas cards and cookies to neighbors.
+Have a contest to come up with fun exercises to do during TV commercials.
+Come up with holiday tradition such as taking a ski trip, going to cut a Christmas tree, going ice skating.
+Buy active gifts such as a jump rope, Twister or a Wii video game.
+Create your own winter Olympics competition with friends and neighbors.
+Walk around the neighborhood to look at holiday decorations.
+Walk the dogs around the neighborhood to see those decorations.
+Seek out indoor activity centers such as trampoline houses or playgrounds.
+Have a closet cleaning competition to see who can clean out the most stuff for donating.