7 Ideas for a Healthy Christmas

7 Ideas for a Healthy Christmas

A little Holiday down time is never a bad idea. But lounging and shortbread are a recipe for ringing in the new year with some extra girth. To avoid extra Holiday pounds, try these 7 ideas to get yourself ahead of the game when you are back to the daily grind.




  1. Moderate the Baked Goods Intake: Not even Scrooge would deprive people of Christmas baking. Enjoy the treats moderately, though. Also, not everything you bake needs to be flour/sugar/butter bombs. Try a fruit compote and home-brewed hot chocolate with 70% cocoa and sugar-free whip.
  2. Brave the Elements: Depending on where you live, inclement weather isn’t always a bad thing. If you live in a snowy climate, enjoy building a snow fort, snow shoeing or a good old winter trek. If you’re near a hill – tobogganing is great and if you have fields/trails nearby – give cross country skiing a shot.
  3. Community Centers: Skating, swimming and other activities are abundant in community centers and YMCA’s.
  4. Wii Tournament!: Have a fun active games night if you have a gaming system to accommodate (Wii, Kinect), etc. Wii boxing burns a decent amount of calories and several vigorous games of rock band is never a bad thing.
  5. Dance Party: Crank the music and get your kids to show you their stuff! If they are too young to know how embarrassed they should be by you, show them your stuff too, mom and dad!
  6. Home Obstacle Course: Use furniture, toys, broom handles and get your kids crawling, stepping and climbing through obstacles that you can all set up.
  7. “Commercial Challenge”: I know, most people “PVR” nowadays but pause shows every 10 minutes or so and set up a physical challenge with your kids like a push-up contest, 100 jumping jacks or a game of flip the bear (dad or mom on the floor on all fours while kids try and knock them over).

Pieces of the above were recently published in the Vancouver Sun Health section on December 12th, 2011. Click here  to see the full article in which Mike Howard was featured.