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Give the Gift of Physical Activity

December 18, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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What if you could reduce spending, promote good health, and decrease stress while having fun with your family? You can! We propose two ways to do this:

  1. Give athletic equipment: For family and friends who enjoy being active, an item related to their activity is a sure way to be a hit. For children, sports balls, hockey sticks, and hula hoops provide hours of fun and don’t require batteries. For teens and adults, athletic attire, a gym bag, or a pair of snowshoes may be the spark needed to keep the physical activity flame going throughout the season! Here are more ideas.

    Admission passes to arenas and pools or day passes to ski hills are great stocking stuffers and easily fit into holiday cards mailed to family and friends.

  2. Give active time: Being active with family and friends is a fantastic way to spend quality time together and have fun. Instead of giving a material gift, give loved ones a memory or experience by spending time with one another doing something active.  Create a coupon book with all of the fun and special things to do together with your family to put under the tree. How about an outing in the snow (for those in milder climates, hit up the nearest ski hill) to go tobogganing, skating or have a friendly snowball fight!

What sporting equipment would you like to get as a present? What activity would you most like to do with your friends and family? Let us know @healthyfamilyBC and @TeamPAL.


Related Blogs:

Five Ways to Keep Your Children Active Over the Holidays
How to Dress for Winter Activities

Recommended Resources:

Physical Activity Line: Physical Activity in Winter
Active For Life: 12 holiday gifts for physical literacy

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Comments (2)

Allister

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014 a 9:41am

Activity and sports are so important. My nephew is under 2 years old and I play baseball, soccer and hockey with the little guy all the time.

Beefalo_Bob

Posted on Thursday December 18, 2014 a 4:32pm

Excellent idea!

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