12 Days of Movement

Keeping active in winter

How can we stay active and healthy during the festive season? As the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting colder (and maybe even snowier!) it can sometimes be hard to prioritise physical activity and look after ourselves.

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Walk to a new place

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active, if you can access your garden or public space and are able to follow the government guidelines on social distancing. Why not text and meet a colleague to join you as well? Who knows, they may be able to take you on a route you've never been on before!


Stay motivated- do what you enjoy

Remind yourself of why it's so important to stay active throughout the year – even when it feels hard to do so. If you prefer outdoor exercise, think of indoor exercise as a great way to switch up your routine and work your body in a different way than you usually do.

Exercise is too good for your body to pass up. Think of the winter as a time to get more creative with your exercise routine. Staying on track throughout the winter months will lead you to feeling even better than you usually do in the spring and summer seasons.


Christmas jumper day walks

Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day! Why not go for a walk outdoors donning your best Christmas jumper, showing it off with pride?


Spot the most craziest house

We all know a neighbour who is a culprit when it comes to adorning their house with over-the-top Christmas lights! Why don't you venture further a field with friends and family to see if you can spot the most craziest decorated house?


DIY Scavenger Hunt

The great thing is that scavenger hunts for kids don't require much at all. They're easy, inexpensive, and can often be done using things you already have at home. Plus, the weather doesn't matter at all, since you can choose a hunt that's geared specifically to be done inside or out.

A scavenger hunt doesn't have to be just for kids either, if you've got a Zoom catch up with friends or colleagues, why not incorporate a scavenger hunt style game in to the meeting?


Put decorations up / do a "spring" clean

Every little bit of movement can count- even putting the decorations up! The getting stuff out of the loft, the reaching, the hanging of tinsel- it all adds up! A probably less favourable activity, but still effective nonetheless, is cleaning. Doing a spring clean or just hoovering is still classed as movement!


Have a virtual party!

Meeting face to face with your colleagues may be difficult this year, but having a meet up online can still happen! Why not share a Christmas playlist and have a dance get together? Or failing that- why not just blast your favourite tunes and have a wiggle around the kitchen!


15 Ways to Move More at Home

When you're managing a health condition at the current time, being active is about finding what works for you, as well as what's in keeping with the latest health advice. This can include ways to move that many people don't realise count.

We are Undefeatable have a great worksheet of activity ideas that you can do seated or standing, whatever your ability level. View the worksheet here to see how small movements can make being active fun.


12 days of fitness challenge

Stretched for time in-between work and home commitments? Workouts don't have to be long to make an impact, every bit of movement can contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing and achievement. Why not trial a different activity for 12 days to see if you can find one that works for you? Sport England have a range of resources you can try, varying from beginners guides to running, yoga and the famous Couch to Fitness plan Find out more


Use your stairs

Running or walking up and down the stairs in your house or apartment building can be a great high intensity cardio and leg workout. One option for those starting out is to add walking intervals every few floors. For example, leave the stairwell and walk the length of the hallway and back before resuming your ascent.

Take it up a notch: Try climbing two steps at a time, sprinting a few flights or doing jumping jacks between floors to raise the intensity.


Take part in an online class

There is a range of accessible, and free, workouts now available online to do right at home. Explore our Staying active at home page for a collection of activities to suit all capabilities.

Share your ideas

Do you have any ideas? Why not send them to us at marketing@activenotts.org.uk or tag us on Twitter @ActiveNotts using the hashtag #12DaysofMovement

Further resources:

  • Mid Notts Wellbeing Fayre 2020 (PDF, 14.5 Mb)

    Programme of live sessions delivered as part of the Mid-Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership Wellbeing Fayre (7th - 11th December)