Thumpety Thump Thump

December 20, 2012

frosty marching

Joyful as they are, the holidays can also be a time of high stress, leaving us over-scheduled and under-rested.  The chaos and pressures of preparing for the holidays can stay with us long after the guests leave and decorations are put away. 

This holiday season, why not consider walking as a great way to relieve stress and a perfect opportunity to create a new holiday tradition.  Walking offers a time to reconnect with family and friends, unwind from the festivities, reflect on happy memories, and look forward to the year ahead, all while getting exercise and fresh air.  

Here are a few suggestions on how walking may help you get more joy out of the season:

  • Take a walk before or after your holiday meal and give everyone a boost of energy.
  • Invite family and friends to honor the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, on December 22 with a celebratory walk.
  • Explore your neighborhood and view the decorated homes and light displays to put everyone in the holiday spirit.
  • Plan a morning hike before opening gifts to heighten the anticipation or an evening walk after the gift-giving to allow everyone to share their favorite part of the day.
  • Participate in a holiday walking tour of the city and discover new best-kept secrets.
  • Stroll through the neighborhood with a group of Christmas carolers to keep you humming throughout the season.
  • Start the New Year off with a walk to reflect on the previous year’s experiences and accomplishments and to ponder new personal resolutions for the year ahead.
  • Find a lane where “snow is glistening” so you can walk in a winter wonderland!

Whether you’re shopping, baking, wrapping, organizing or decorating, make some time to walk with family members, friends, or by yourself to enhance your holiday season.

And glad tidings to you and yours from WalkArlington!


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Did You Know?

50% of all trips Americans make are less than 3 miles; 40% less than 2 miles, 28% less than 1 mile.

U.S. Dept. of Transportation, 2009

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