What do your family holiday traditions look like? Do most people overeat then struggle to stay awake after the meal? Add a fitness component to holiday traditions to energize the event, make memories, and benefit health!
Is an egg hunt part of your Easter plan? Include all generations! Stuff plastic eggs with money, dark chocolate, gum, and lottery tickets, rather than super sugary treats. Tell attendees to pack their gym shoes for the hunt. Hide eggs far apart so guests need to run farther to retrieve the eggs.
Another idea is to start holidays with a family hike. Or, end the meal with a stroll around the neighborhood. Not only is it a great time to catch up with relatives, a recent study shows walking for 10 minutes after a meal can help lower blood sugar.
The small study involved 41 participants. “Taking shorter, more frequent walks immediately after meals reduced blood glucose by around 12% compared with a single 30-minute walk.”
Researchers concluded more studies should be done to see if frequent walks after meals could help people with type 2 diabetes. According to the Mayo Clinic, with type 2 diabetes the body “either resists the effects of insulin or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.” Study authors say if confirmed by further research, this could mean a simple lifestyle change would benefit people with diabetes.”
A family that plays together stays together. Add some form of fitness into holiday traditions for fun and health!