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December 22, 2013

EXTENSION NEWS: Tips for staying active during the holidays and winter


• Try some tempting tunes. If you like to work out with music, gift yourself with some new tunes to get you motivated. For example, searching for holiday fitness music or Christmas fitness music in the” iTunes store or Android market” can help you find some tunes to keep you motivated. A similar search on the ‘MP3 Music” category on can help you locate several tunes.

• Clean your house. Set aside several hours one day and REALLY clean your house. Bending, squatting, running up and down stairs, standing while folding and putting away laundry, etc. all burns calories. Get workouts the old-fashioned way, by “working” out.

• Look for a special fun run or race. Fun runs are held just about every weekend. They usually charge a fee and are open to everyone from runners to people who want to stroll along the trail. Invite your friends and plan to participant. You will feel better physically and mentally for it.

• Build activity into family visits and outings. Encourage house guests to bring workout clothes suitable for walking or perhaps activities at a local health club.

• Fly with wheels or a backpack. If you are flying during this time of year, use the time between flights to get into some activity. If time allows, walk to a faraway gate vs. taking a “people mover.” Walk vs. wait at your gate until you can board your flight. If you are lugging carryon luggage, make it easier and more comfortable to move by using a wheeled suitcase or a backpack.

Sources: Center for Disease Control and Nebraska State Extension Service.

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