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5 Fun Holiday Family Fitness Ideas!


‘Tis the season to be…dashing to the stores, planning and attending holiday parties, dragging out all of those dusty (but FUN!!) holiday decorations, oh and keeping up with our usual work and family commitments!! So how in the world do we make time for family fitness??


  1. MAKE TIME FOR FUN!! That’s right, put down (and hide!!) those electronic “gadgets” and make some fun and energizing family memories!! Help your kids to see that exercise is FUN!! I don’t know about you, but I sure believe that the saying “kids don’t always do as we say, they do as we DO” is so very true!! Be a great example and role model and get moving! It made me SO proud a few days ago when I overheard our son say he wanted to go running with me late one evening (and race against me), and then his big brother said “No way – she will beat you! Mom runs fast and usually for at least 4 or 5 miles almost EVERY DAY!!” Coincidentally (or is it??;-), all of our kids LOVE to run, jump and play!!


  1. FAMILY WALKS AFTER MEALS/DANCE PARTY: Instead of sitting down right after a big holiday meal and watching “Rudy” – or the NFL – play football, “Forrest Gump” run for miles and miles….lace up and go for a family walk! If it’s frozen outside, crank up the music and have a dance party in your living room!  Dancing for just 30 minutes can burn 200 calories.  Dancing also helps improve coordination and balance.


  1. FAMILY SPORTS/GAMES: Plan ahead – let the kids help create the line up – possibly adults vs. kids…include neighbors! It can be something as simple as kicking a soccer ball around, playing catch, shooting a game of hoops, or taking out those dusty tennis rackets and heading to a local tennis court (if you aren’t snowed under)! My husband’s favorite activity with our daughter when he is home is to draw and play a multi-colored chalk game of hopscotch in the driveway! If you are in Frosty and Olaf snowmen temperatures, head to an indoor racquetball or basketball court! Make snow angels, fly down a snowy hill on a saucer, or build a fort and snowman family! Hopscotch could always be in the garage:-) Don’t forget to check out local indoor trampoline parks (SO FUN!!) Also, many counties have their own recreation centers/sports complexes with an array of activities!


  1. HIDE AND SEEK AND/OR TAG: For those of you in the warmer spots this winter, head outside and get your endorphins going and chase – and be chased! LOTS of giggles and laughs – no matter what age! If you are in Frosty/Olaf the snowmen land, grab your flashlights (or even the built in light in your mobile phone) and get a sneaky game of flashlight tag going inside the house one evening after the sun goes down! (Of course, allow time to unwind and relax before bedtime).


  1. MAKE IT A COMPETITION – WITH REWARDS/PRIZES!! Do you know why my kids (usually;-) listen to their great teachers? Positive reinforcement! Devise a reward system together along with a big, fun chart/poster that tracks each family member. Reward each person who completes 30 minutes of exercise/day with a fun sticker. The person with the most stickers at the end of the week gets to choose the reward of his/her choice (activity, movie, game, etc. for the night). Also have a larger, common goal so that everyone feels included and motivated to join in!


Don’t forget to get plenty of sleep (and stress less), eat whole foods including fruits and veggies, and stay hydrated with plenty of water!


Enjoy the magic of the holidays with your family and have a happy, healthy 2016!! I think I’m going to go take my son up on that race now…


“The Fitness Mama”

Kim Murphy



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