Even if it’s crazy cold outside, staying indoors all holiday is not your best approach to health. Of course some downtime in front of the fire playing board games with the family or watching Christmas movies and documentaries is warranted, but don’t spend all day, every day, pursuing sedentary activities. You’ve likely heard that sitting on your butt for prolonged periods of time (especially in front of a screen) is linked with mindless eating, extra calorie consumption, and weight gain. Sadly, it’s so true!
If you live in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada) like us, most of the city’s major attractions keep extended or special holiday hours throughout most of December and into the New Year. And with the way the weather has been so far this month? It’s positively spring-like! The high today? 12 degrees Celsius (53.6 degrees Fahrenheit)!
Regardless of where you live, museums, art galleries, science centres, and aquariums are great places to take out of town guests — and their gift shops tend to be really cool places to find those last minute stocking stuffers! Go explore bookstores, take nature walks in the forest, try new-to-you, healthy restaurants (I highly recommend Fresh), or hit up the mall for some sweet deals and a green juice. It really doesn’t matter where you go, just get everyone up and moving for a few hours each day!
Bottom line? Wearing a path in the carpet from your favourite chair to the refrigerator shouldn’t be the only exercise you get this holiday. Plan a few activities that will get you out of the house and stop you from slipping into a daily coma of video games and binge-watching entire seasons of shows you’ve missed.
As for me, I’m posting this early so I can spend the day enjoying this unseasonably warm weather! The plan is to hit up the Pompeii exhibition at the ROM with a girlfriend this afternoon, meet her friend afterwards for drinks, and then head out for a late dinner with yet another friend (whom I haven’t seen in over a year) for a huge catch-up session. It’s probably going to be a late one, so don’t wait up!