It’s the holiday season and that means egg nog, cookies, candies, pecan pie, carrot and german chocolate cakes, turkey and dressing and giblet gravy, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, and sausage balls just to name a few of the edibles that will be out on tables at work and in homes.
So, being physically active can help you avoid some holiday weight gain, but this is also the time of the year it gets in the 40s, even the 30s here in the Mid-South.
What should you do if it is too cold or icy outside?
Head for the mall.
This isn’t surprising because malls have features that make walking in them particularly appealing. They are protected from the weather, are well-lit, have flat and even walking surfaces, have convenient restrooms, and have seats and benches where one can rest for a little while in the middle of the walk. Plus, they don’t have gym fees!
Regular physical activity, including walking, can help lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers. These diseases occur more often as people get older. Regular physical activity can also help control weight, improve sleep and, for older adults, help maintain independence, reduce the risk of falling down, and delay the start of mental decline, like being forgetful.
Even with all the benefits of physical activity, middle-aged and older adults are among the most physically inactive groups in the country. Walking is a great way to be physically active because it doesn’t require special skills and can be done at almost every activity level.
Mall walking is a great way to get moving. And, during the busy holiday season you can use it to get in your recommended physical activity while enjoying the mall’s holiday decorations and music. Then, when the shops open you can take advantage of where you are to do some shopping for your kids and grandkids!
Happy and Healthy Holidays to You!