It's a special day; spending time with loved ones, indulging in tasty morsels, fine wine and the giving of gifts. So what does this mean for those of us who have goals of staying active or setting benchmark times in running/walking events??
Do you get out on Christmas day to enjoy a festive run - perhaps even marathon distance? Or do you save your energy for Boxing Day Badminton?
Below are some tips to help you stay on track with your fitness goals over the festive season:
Set your alarm!
Christmas Day is just about the only day you won’t mind hearing the dreaded vibrate sound of your alarm and just about the only day you’ll resist setting it to ‘snooze’. Set your alarm early and get out there before the house wakes.... If you have no kids that might work but let's face it, your kids are bound to be wide awake... ask a loved one to watch them while you head out and hit the pavement. It’s a lovely feeling running on Christmas morning when the roads are quiet and there is a joyful feeling in the air. Alternatively pack the tribe up and go for a nice family stroll!
Walk to your destination
A great way to fit in your exercise on Christmas Day is by putting on your trainers and walking to wherever you’re going! If you’re off to the in-laws and they live around the corner, why not walk there and make room for the turkey? You might want to wear your new active wear you received for Christmas, the kids will be more than happy to test out their new scooters!
Play a family game of touch rugby or football
For those with little ones, running on Christmas Day is not always feasible or even fair. Waiting all year for Santa, it seems wrong that they should have to wait any longer to open their presents whilst you indulge in a Christmas morning run. So why not organise a fun family sports game down at the local park or school. If your kids are old enough, it's a great way to get the family out of the house and do something fun and active together on Christmas morning. Not to mention some good old fashioned sibling rivalry or scoring past the old man.
The mid-afternoon great escape
Around 4 o’clock the late arrivals show up and at that point, we’ve all just about had enough of entertaining (and eating). Rogue aunties, uncles and stray neighbours crawl out of the woodwork, expecting a second dosage of entertainment and food! Get them to babysit for an hour whilst you get out there and run off the glazed ham, roasties and pavlova. You’ll feel much more sociable afterwards and will have made room for your sixth serving of dessert for the day.
If you're on a mission to find the perfect gift that's not a Playstation or Xbox, why not buy someone an entry the Great Forest Events. That way you have someone to train and participate with and you can keep each other motivated.
The team at Great Forest Events wish you a Merry and Active Christmas, we'll see you in the New Year with some more exciting blogs!