The first week of December is complete and the holiday season is in full swing! We all may have some time off work for the upcoming holidays, but that is no reason to take time off from a healthy lifestyle. Last week my blog discussed fitness apps to inspire you to remain active and health conscious. Additionally, today’s blog will focus on some winter workout and health tips to stay motivated during the colder months. Be sure to share these ideas with your department and community to help keep everyone active during the festive winter season. The following workout and nutrition ideas are a great way to build unity among your department and bring together coworkers for fun activities.
Active provides eight great starter tips to encourage staying active during the colder winter months, even without a gym membership. Stair workouts are an easy activity to get started, you can walk up and down the stairs in your house or apartment building! It is a great cardio and leg workout. A second idea is to get into the holiday spirit and try ice skating! This is a perfect aerobic and social workout, encourage some friends or co-workers to join you and make it a holiday event. Another idea is mall walking. Mall walking is a smart alternative when walking outdoors is not an option. A brisk one-hour walk can burn 300 to 400 calories. Home workouts can be very productive as well, use of weights, resistance bands, a jump rope, or other equipment that can be incorporated into your walk for a full body workout. Refer to my blog regarding fitness apps for both iOS and Androids that can be used in a remote location with little to no equipment.
Furthermore, incorporating daily health tips into your department activities is another great idea to encourage healthy habits. Ask coworkers to join in a morning walk or jog! Make sure to pick a rewarding end to your workout, such as fresh fruit or bagels for the office or stopping by a local coffee shop. It is easier to be motivated by having workout companions and a treat to kick-start the work day. If you happen to have the work day-off, you can still plan to meet with coworkers at your local park and grab a healthy brunch at the end of the workout. This can also create more unity among the office, as well as have a healthy common goal.
Lastly, explore options in joining a holiday-themed race in your community! Find different runs that you can register for as an individual or with your department. Many of these events support local charities, especially around the holidays, and raising money for a great cause is a good way to not let the cold stop you from getting involved. Once again, this helps with team building among the office and coming together during this festive season. Check out our Employee Wellness Programs page for additional ideas.
I challenge all of you during the rest of December to engage yourself in healthy holiday eating practices and to exercise regularly. Set a goal to ring in the New Year, and maintain these holiday nutrition and exercise tips throughout the year for a healthy lifestyle. If you have any healthy eating ideas or exercise tips during the holiday season then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)