The holidays are a perfect time to snuggle up and watch classic Christmas movies with the ones you love. This year, try spicing up your movie watching by including some fitness exercises to keep your waistline trimmed. Try these tips from Shana Schneider, fitness expert and Founder of FITWEEK, a fitness company dedicated to helping women turn any week into a fitweek.
Mistletoe Twist: Play Fitness Games While Watching The Holiday Classics
Once Thanksgiving is over, the holiday movie marathons begin. There’s everything from the old classics like It’s a Wonderful Life (Mr. Gower has the first line, “I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father.”), and Miracle on 34th Street (the original with Maureen O’Hara), to the modern classics like Elf (and who doesn’t like chewing on cotton balls?), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss was a genius), and Christmas Vacation (Jelly of the Month Club is the gift that keeps on giving). These holiday classics are primed for good drinking games, but since we’re all working on getting fit before the end of year – let’s face it, this was your resolution on January 1, 2013 – ditch the drinking for some FITWEEK Fitness Games and make that resolution a reality.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Jump every time someone says ‘Who’
Elf: Start and stop jumping jacks every time the word Elf is used
Home Alone: Get up or sit down every time someone gets hit or falls down
A Charlie Brown Christmas: Do 10 pushups using the arm of the couch every time Snoopy appears
Christmas Vacation: Do five side leg lefts on each side any time cousin Eddie speaks
White Christmas: Do side steps or just dance along every time there’s a musical number
A Christmas Story: Do five push ups during the following scenes: Pink bunny rabbit costume, the leg lamp from France, the tongue stuck to the pole. AND, any time you hear “you’ll shoot your eye out!”
For a fitness tip that applies to all Christmas movies ever, do 10 squats every time someone appears on screen wearing a Santa hat!