The time of year is upon us in which seasonal customs are revisited and family traditions are carried out. My personal favorite is cutting down a Christmas tree. It is a tradition started by my parents when I was a child, and one that I have carried into adulthood and now share with my children. As a child, my focus of this tradition was on the presents that would soon be placed under the tree, but now my horizons have expanded and I recognize the health benefits that can be derived from this activity.
- Trekking around the Christmas tree farm for 30 minutes trying to find that perfect tree - 125 to 180 calories depending on speed and terrain.
- Sawing tree trunk for 15 minutes - 125 calories.
- Carrying tree back to your car - 143-214 calories depending on the tree's weight and the speed and distance traveled.
Holiday traditions are a great way for families and friends to bond and a fun way to accumulate minutes of exercise toward the recommended 150 minutes per week. Some seasonal customs inherently involve being physically active, others require creative thinking to sneak in the exercise. For instance, when baking this season, give your mixer the holiday off and try stirring ingredients by hand.