I know that along with the holiday season comes a lot of extra things for us to do…..shopping, wrapping, decorating, baking, etc. So, it’s no wonder why this time of year can sometimes lead to a drop in our exercise activity. Unless we want to start to look like the jolly, fat man himself, we need to at least try and stay fit. Of course, keeping to your workout routine is the easiest answer to give but unless you have an army of your own little elves to help out, this may be a little difficult. A great suggestion, though, is to combine your fitness with holiday activities. Try some of these healthy holiday events in and around Charlotte.
GO ICE SKATING
Whether your a pro or a beginner, ice skating is a good workout for everyone and finding a place to go skating this year is easier than ever. Here are four outdoor ice skating rinks open for the season.
WALK IN A WINTER WONDERLAND
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s winter wonderland Holiday Lights at the Garden includes more than 600,000 lights and illuminated displays of twinkling trees and sparkling fountains, plus displays of model trains by Metrolina Model Railway. The event is open daily from 5-9 p.m. through Dec. 31, but closed Christmas Day. Find activities just for kids along the Children’s Holiday Discovery Trail and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides. Mrs. Claus visits from Nov. 27-29, Dec. 4-6, 11-13 and 18-24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.95-$14.95, and free for members and children age 2 and younger. Additional information available at https://www.dsbg.org.
GO FOR A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE
While riding a rollercoaster may not be exercise, any of us who have been to Carowinds know that it requires its fair share of walking (or running if your really excited). Carowinds is transforming into a magical winter wonderland this holiday season with a 70-foot Christmas tree, lavish holiday displays and performances, wandering performers, and 5 million lights decorating the state line between North and South Carolina. Kids also can make cookies with Mrs. Claus. The most exciting part for kids, however, may be the 16 rides that are open for a winter thrill. Winterfest is open Friday- Sunday through Dec. 30, plus daily Dec. 18-21 and Dec. 26-28 from 5-10 p.m. Tickets start at $25. Find out more at https://www.carowinds.com.
RUN, RUN LIKE RUDOLPH
Join in some of these local marathons and fun runs while helping to raise money for worthwhile causes.
And these are only a few of the events happening around The Queen City this holiday season. Don’t forget about the other traditional activities, such as, sledding, hiking, skiing or even a walk around the neighborhood to look at lights. Whatever gets you moving is a good thing. We wish you and your family a healthy, happy holiday season!
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