By David Martin, President and CEO of VeinInnovations
Stay Healthy with These Seasonal Activities to Get You Off the Couch
Brightly colored lights are up in the neighborhood and fir trees have made their way indoors. It’s Christmas time – we’ll share the season with family and friends, tucked away inside by the fire. The slow pace of life at the Christmas season provides a much-needed break from our normal routine, allowing us to recharge before we start another new year.
Too often, though, we overindulge in sweets, rich foods and lounging around during the holiday season. This is the time of year, after all, when we’re most likely to gain weight. We can relax and avoid a sedentary holiday by choosing to participate in holiday cheer that requires some movement. (Consider it a head start on the inevitable resolution to get in shape!)
Go Christmas Tree Chopping
That’s not a typo – I meant chopping, not shopping. There are many Christmas tree farms around Atlanta that let you and your family come out and chop down your own tree. There’s almost nothing so pleasant at Christmas time than walking through rows of fir trees with a mug of hot coffee (or hot chocolate) to keep you warm while you decide which tree is just right. Older children can help cut down the tree, and everyone can walk the farm to find the tree meant for your home. To find a Christmas tree farm, visit the Georgia Christmas Tree Association’s website. Make sure to call ahead to check supply!
Walk Through a Festival of Lights
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without white and colored lights cheering up the night. The Atlanta Botanical Garden lights up the night sky with outdoor walking tours. The gardens are enchanting year round, but are especially beautiful during the holiday season. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is a sight worth seeing, and sure to be a memorable experience for every family member. Beverages – hot, cold, and with a spirited bite – are available. Dress warmly and bring someone you love to walk with you.
Go Ice Skating
We in the South can feel a bit left out while snow gently falls in other areas of the country. Iconic winter activities, like building snowmen, just aren’t possible down here. But we’ve learned to import some things, and ice-skating is one of them. Atlantic Station boasts the city’s largest open-air ice skating rink. Other rinks are available at Centennial Olympic Park and at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park.
If you’re brave enough to strap on a pair of skates, take the family with you! Ice-skating is a fun and active challenge – after a while in the rink, you’ll have earned a few hours rest in front of the fire.
For my last suggestion, a throwback tradition. Victorians began the modern practice of caroling at Christmas. There aren’t as many carolers today as there once were, and it’s a shame. Gather up a group of friends, family, or neighbors and break out the songbook and the wassail. A cold winter’s night spent in good company, walking around the neighborhood admiring the lights and singing to spread good cheer is a holiday experience not soon forgotten.