News & Insights 20 December 2019

Keep rockin around the Christmas tree this festive season

As the days on our advent calendars begin to countdown, there is a growing sense of excitement as Christmas draws ever closer. For many of us the build up to Christmas is one of the most exciting and busiest times, as we spend our time decorating the tree, cooking copious amounts of food, preparing our homes for waves of people and (quite often) doing last minute Christmas shopping.

It can be a common worry for people that their physical activity may drop off over this period due to the nature of Christmas and the indulgence brought with it. However, there are lots of ways in which you can keep up your activity levels over this time.

Heading out for a short walk can be a great way to combine physical activity with getting some fresh air which can help to improve your mood, as well as boosting your general health and wellbeing. It can also provide an active way of socialising with friends and family and an opportunity to break up the day’s festivities.

But, if you don’t feel this is for you, don’t worry. Walking is just one way we can move our bodies. There are many other kinds of physical activity that are equally as important for our health and wellbeing, so everyone can make the most of their movement in a way that suits them and their busy schedule.

There are infinite ways of being physically active as all the activities of everyday life can count. Whether it’s adding extra decorations to the Christmas tree, cooking a Christmas dinner, laying the table and carefully setting out Christmas crackers or generally moving more around the house – every movement matters and it can all count!

Physical activity is anything which gets our bodies moving and uses energy. The key is to find out what it is that counts for us – it’s likely that we’re all already doing something, we just need to find out what it is. Once we know what counts, we can choose what we want to do to optimise our physical activity and by choosing activities we enjoy, then we’re more likely to keep doing these over the festive period and into the New Year.

The opportunities to optimise our everyday physical activity over the festive period are endless, from Christmas shopping to dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve. With this in mind, we wish you a Happy and Active Christmas and New Year from all of us here at KiActiv®

The KiActiv® Team