Mak­ing Christ­mas ac­tive and fun

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

Merry Christ­mas and a happy ac­tive hol­i­day.

Christ­mas is a great time to cel­e­brate, have fun with your fam­ily and friends, and of course eat loads of scrummy food and have the odd drink or two.

My ad­vice is get out there and en­joy, it’s only Christ­mas once a year. In be­tween those Christ­mas treats try and fit in some healthy food choices and at least 30 min­utes of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity a day. There are 1440 min­utes in a day so we can all squeeze in at least 30 min­utes.

Here are some ideas to help you and your chil­dren keep ac­tive and healthy over the hol­i­days.

Buy ac­tive presents for Christ­mas – balls, cricket and tennis gear, a water slide, boo­gie board or a fris­bee.

Play with your chil­dren – a fam­ily soft­ball or cricket match, or bike ride.

Have some water fun – a swim at the pools or body surf at the beach. Re­mem­ber never let chil­dren swim un­su­per­vised and check the con­di­tions – safety first.

Do a tramp, take a pic­nic and en­joy the fan­tas­tic scenery – visit i- Site for in­for­ma­tion about walks in your district or make a great start to your day with a walk on the beach.

Ev­ery lit­tle bit of ex­er­cise counts, so try and walk to the shops or to the cafe for your morn­ing cof­fee.

En­cour­age some screen-free time each day – no tele­vi­sion, com­puter or Playsta­tion is al­lowed on.

Have plenty of de­li­cious fresh sum­mer fruit and veg­eta­bles avail­able for each meal and for snacks through­out the day. plenty when of water, you are

Drink es­pe­cially ex­er­cis­ing.

Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity should be fun; you’ll feel great, have heaps of en­ergy and still have time to read that book on your lounger.

Thank you to ev­ery­one who vol­un­teers or works to pro­vide sport and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity op­tions for the district, you re­ally do a great job.

From the team at Sport Waikato we wish you a very happy and of course ac­tive Christ­mas and New Year.

Cheers Ruth

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