5 ways to increase your steps this holiday season!

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Brynna Gabrielson

two girls ice skating

The holiday season is upon us and with it comes the mad rush to decorate, bake, cook, spend time with friends and family, buy presents, and hopefully enjoy ourselves! Are you exhausted yet? We are. As the holidays take over it can be a bit difficult to keep up those activities that better our everyday health. Things like eating well, visiting the gym, and taking time to relax can fall to the wayside.

We all know (or at least most do) that we should be moving more and trying to get our steps up, which can feel like a challenge even when you've not got to find that perfect gift or bake dozens of Christmas cookies! So if you're looking for some inspiration to get you moving more this holiday season - why not try some of the below suggestions:

Do your shopping on the high street!
We understand the temptation to forgo the holiday shopping experience of visiting your local high street or shopping centre. After all, there are no crowds on the internet buying gifts online does seem a great way to save time! But think of all those steps you're missing out on! Trekking from one store to the next can really get your feet going. Spend a day moseying around town centre and you might even hit 10,000 steps!

Try ice skating
Gliding over the ice is a fantastically festive way to get moving this time of year. With Christmas fairs and markets popping up across the country, there's likely to be a rink nearby you can give a try! Spend 30 minutes on the ice and you could burn over 200 calories1. Check out this article for some of the best ice rinks in the UK.

Take in the lights
One of our favourite things about the festive season are the decorations - especially in the evening when they're illuminated with twinkling lights. This year, why not take a night or two to simply to take a walk and drink in the décor? From city centres, to National Trust properties, it's a great time of year to see the world around you sparkle.

Go on a Christmas Market crawl
Christmas markets around the UK are plentiful - from small markets in town squares, to rambling ones that seem to take up entire city centres.  While it's nice to hit one market, don't limit yourself - there are many to try! And lots of them are open on weekday evenings as well as weekends. So after work why not find a new market, or an old favourite, and pop over for some festive cheer and a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate? Stroll around each of the stalls and watch those steps increase.

Take part in a festive fun run
If you enjoy raising money for charity, wearing Santa costumes and going for a jog, then this one is right up your alley! This time of year there are all sorts of holiday themed runs happening across the country and it's a great chance to have some Christmas fun while racking up those steps! The lengths of these runs vary - we've seen some that are just 1.5km long - so you don't have to be a marathon runner to take part! You can check out this list of Santa Dash Fun Runs to see if there's one happening near you. Keep in mind this list is not exhaustive and there are other runs happening around the country as well!

1 http://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities

Originally published November 2016. Updated December 2018.