Don’t let yourself squeeze into the sparkle

Let’s face it, over the holidays we’re going to indulge. It’s the one time of the year you can buy sausage rolls, have a supply of cookies and be stocked with Bailey’s ® Irish Cream. There’s no hiding it, we’re going to eat, drink and try to be merry.

Unfortunately the holidays does not allow us to completely fall off the rails. Instead of trying to drag yourself to the nearest gym, we’ve created a list of activities to keep you moving until New Year’s Eve. You’ve worked too hard to not look your best in your gold sparkly, sequin dress.


Remember your grandparents use to nag you to try it?  Gather up a few friends and hit the hills. Did you know that one-hour of moderate cross-country skiing can burn over 500 calories? This makes getting outside with a tea worthwhile. Even if you’re in a rural area, try looking up a local ski lodge.  Typically, cross-country skis rentals are much cheaper than downhill.

Minutes: 60
Calories burned: 500

If all else fails and a snowstorm hits and there’s no gym within 185 kilometers try running a hockey arena. My mom’s friends use to do this and would have a killer workout incorporating the stairs. The bonus, you get to watch hockey and it’s FREE.

Minutes: 30
Calories burned: 500

Instead of trying to think of a typical workout, try painting a small room. It will only take a half-day and you’ll instantly see results. Did you know that one-hour of painting burns over 300 calories? If painting is too messy, try reorganizing a room or shoveling a driveway.

Minutes: 60
Calories: 300

If you’re really not digging working out, grab your closest friends and get out to the closest mall. Spending a day walking from shop to shop is not only fun but a great cardio workout.  How many times have you left the mall exhausted and said “I must of walked five miles!” You don’t have to think outside the box, just get yourself moving.

Minutes: 60
Calories burned: 160

Regardless, enjoy the holidays and try to make some time for yourself.