December is the time of year for cozy fires, pumpkin spice and peppermint (anything!), holiday parties with family and friends, and, quite literally, wrapping up the year. To celebrate the season, I have asked the team at Endurance Physical Therapy to share their favorite holiday traditions, helping you get to know them a little better (I also had to promise them they didn’t have to create any videos for January). 😉

Megan’s Favorite Holiday Traditions

  • Making and decorating gingerbread houses a week or two before Christmas with my kiddos and friends. We go all out with green, red, and blue frosting, trees, and pools in the backyard for the cinnamon bears to swim in.
  • The advent calendars with chocolate in them!
  • Getting the Christmas tree decorated and all the lights put up during Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Listening to Christmas music (Friday after Thanksgiving, of course).
  • Making hot apple cider, Santa’s cookies, and peppermint bark on Christmas Eve
  • Reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and letting the kids open a present before bed on Christmas Eve.

Find out which holiday traditions the rest of our staff enjoys by watching our latest video below.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? It could be anything from a special recipe, games you play, people you spend time with, and the list goes on… we want to hear from you!

In addition to our favorite holiday activities, we wanted to share some tips for staying on track with your health and fitness goals. After all, the New Year is right around the corner, so it’s about time to set your New Year’s resolutions.

Tips for Staying on Track During the Holiday Season

  • Create a schedule that you can stick to. It’s certainly busy this time of year; be realistic with yourself and create a workout schedule that you actually believe is doable.
  • Schedule ahead for important appointments. It’s not too early to schedule your physical therapy appointment(s) for January. Get your appointments scheduled now so you can relax for the rest of the month.
  • Encourage your family to get involved. While we highly recommend watching holiday movies and relaxing with your family, try incorporating some active family plans this month. A fun idea might be walking around your neighborhood (bundled up to stay warm, of course) and checking out your neighbors’ Christmas lights.
  • Limit your sweets. This one is difficult, especially during the holidays. We don’t believe that you should deprive yourself of tasty hot cocoa and holiday cookies, but we do encourage you to limit those treats and keep your health in mind as you prepare to enter a new year. Plus: good, nutritious food is crucial for fueling up for last minute Christmas shopping.

We wish you all a very Merry Holiday Season!

Megan, Diane, Chelsea, Ryan, Callien, Kristin, and Cindy