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25 Days til Christmas! 25 Ideas For Non-Eating Activities

The holiday season can be a challenging time to meet weight loss goals; in fact studies show the average American will gain 1-2 pounds during the holiday season. While that may not seen like much; if 1-2 pounds is gained year after year those numbers can really start to add up. It takes an extra 3500 calories to gain 1 pound of body fat. For those of you on a journey to a healthier weight, it is often a wise (and less stressful) goal to maintain your current weight during the holiday season and resume active weight loss attempts once the holidays have passed.

Here is a list of 25 fun holiday activities that do not involve eating!

  1. Battle the mall and go shopping or possibly take a power walk. Malls often unlock their doors an hour before the stores open for mall walkers.
  2. Decorate your house with holiday lights.
  3. Pick out your tree. Invite family and friends to help decorate your tree.
  4. Go ice-skating. Many cities set up outdoor ice rinks for the holiday season.
  5. Give back. Volunteer at your local soup kitchen.
  6. Get creative. Make homemade Christmas ornaments.
  7. Keep in touch. The holiday season is a great time to send cards to family and friends.
  8. Snow day? Play a board game.
  9. Take the kids sledding.
  10. Go to the art museum. Museums are often decorated beautifully during the holiday season.
  11. Take a painting class. Many locations offer 1 time instructor led classes.
  12. Spend an afternoon at an art studio. Paint pottery or make a mosaic tile.
  13. Go for an evening drive and tour the holiday lights in your neighborhood.
  14. If you live in an area with mild winters take a walk around the local zoo.
  15. Dance party at home? Blast your favorite holiday CD.
  16. Make a handmade no stitch blanket for a homeless shelter.
  • Step 1: Choose 2 large pieces of fleece fabric.
  • Step 2: Line up the two fabric pieces.
  • Step 3: Trim each piece of fabric so they are the same size.
  • Step 4: Cut out a 5 by 5 inch corner of each piece of fabric, on all 4 sides
  • Step 5: Cut fringe on all four sides of each piece of fabric.
  • Step 6: Begin tying fringe into knots.
  • Step 7: Continue around the blanket.
  1. Make a list of New Years resolutions.
  2. See a play or musical at your local theater or high school. Many have special shows for the holiday season.
  3. Sign up for a local holiday themed 5K walk/run.
  4. Decorate your own ugly holiday sweater.
  5. Need a lazy day? Watch your favorite holiday movie or cartoon.
  6. Need some adventure? Try down hill skiing (make sure you have the ok from your physician to partake in physical activity).
  7. Want some activity without needing to travel far? Try snowshoeing.
  8. Take a load off. Have a spa day at home. Light a cinnamon scented candle and soak in a bubble bath.
  9. Make a list of all that you are grateful for. Keep it in your wallet as a reminder on your toughest days.

Do you have a favorite holiday pastime? Please share your ideas with the type 2 diabetes community.

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