8 ways to stay active over the holiday season

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With the festive season well and truly upon us it can be difficult to stay in your regular, healthy routine especially when it comes to exercise.

The Summer is always filled with events, Christmas parties, New Years parties and family outings that can leave even the most disciplined fitness enthusiasts finding it difficult to stay on track with their health and fitness goals.

While it can be hard to stick to a routine with your food intake, there is no reason why you can stay active over the holidays.

Ditch the car and walk more! Leave the car parked at home and walk or make use of public transport anywhere you go. If you have to drive, park your car further away from your destination. Not only is a great way to add in some extra steps everyday, it will benefit your mental health avoiding packed car parks at this time of year!

Gift experiences, not things! Instead of buying another beach towel or candle for your favourite Aunt, give her an active experience. Bonding time + fun exercise = winning! It could be as simple as going to weekly yoga classes together, a membership for an indoor rock climbing gym or spending the day at a Tree Top adventure park.

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Enjoy the great outdoors. Summer is the perfect time to get out and about and explore your local area. Head to the beach and go for a swim, explore one of the amazing coastal walks Sydney has to offer or jump out of your comfort zone and learn how to surf or sail.

Walk & Talk with friends or family instead of spending a fortune on a fancy brunch. Fill up your Keep Cup at home so that you stay caffeinated and go for a walk together to catch up on the latest gossip. Trust us, you will barely even realise how far you have walked when you are talking!

Don’t wait until the 1st of January to “start over”. View the new year as a chance to continue your progress you have built up from this year and not just a reset button. Being healthy and fit should be sustainable within your lifestyle - if this isn’t the case, Balanced Bodies Lifestyle Clinic can definitely get you back on track!

Treasure hunts are a great way to get the kids up and moving. Organise a Christmas morning treasure hunt to find Santa’s presents. If you live in an apartment, take them down to the local park and have a fun family morning chasing the kids around. Treasure hunts should not just be reserved for Easter time.

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Adventure time - Get the kids involved to research and plan some fun active adventures during the school holidays. Think indoor rock climbing, water parks, trampolining and laser tag.

Christmas lights are exciting for both children and adults alike. Leave the car at home and wander around the streets to find the best Christmas lights in your local area.

https://www.northshoremums.com.au/sydney-streets-for-christmas-lights/

https://www.ellaslist.com.au/articles/where-to-see-christmas-lights-in-the-suburbs

Remember that staying healthy should be fun! Enjoy yourself, stay safe and have a wonderful Christmas & New Year!