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Being active on Christmas day is easy if you have the right Christmas presents to get you motivated. Whether it be a brand new bike, balls, gym equipment or pool toys everyone can enjoy some form of activities in the afternoon to work off all that Christmas fare. Here are some suggestions:

  • If bikes are under your tree then taking the kids out for a bike ride will be at the top of the list for activities. Teaching your child to ride a bike is not only a great bonding exercise but it is a great way for them to have fun and get fit at the same time. Who says that bikes are just for the kids, so put your order in for a bike if you want to get fit in 2013.
  • Grab the new cricket set and have a game after lunch to burn off all that Christmas pudding. A group activity such as this is a fun way to spend time with both young and old.
  • Throwing the frizbee or new ball in the backyard will get your heart rate up and is a fabulous way to teach children eye co-ordination.
  • If the big pressie is a trampoline then you will have no excuse not to have a bounce around and burn some calories on the 25th. It may not seem much just jumping up and down but do that for 15 minutes and you will realise that it is a great workout. I would suggest that you have safety rules such as how many can be on at one time as well.
  • Wii activity games are a great way to do a workout without even realising it. Do a session on boxing and you’ll quickly discover that you can have a great workout while having a lot of fun.
  • Badminton, tennis or squash rackets can also be a great incentive to include more exercise into your life. Set up a net in the backyard and get everyone involved.
  • I remember buying my daughter a table tennis table one year and we played it all day long. We had round robins and loads of laughter but we also were moving our bodies, which is what being active is all about. Both young and old love table tennis so put this on your Christmas list.
  • If you are lucky enough to live near the ocean or have a pool get the pool toys out and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Instead of having a nap in the afternoon go for a walk, get some fresh air and burn a few calories.
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  • It is sad that you have to tell people to get like this. I would think, if you got your kids bikes for Xmas, go for a bike ride. Tennis rackets, play a quick game or 2. Pool toys, you take them swimming. Second nature to me, not everyone it seems

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  • We are having Christmas at my daughters this year. She lives right on the beach so I know what I’ll be doing. Swimming, jogging along beach with my dogs, bit of cricket and maybe a little lazing in the sun

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  • i think that we are active enough that christmas is the one day that i will have off….kinda… we are having a christmas party! so i will still be chasing after the kids and guests lol

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  • I’m going to keep this list in mind as we speedily move towards Christmas.

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  • It’s excellent fun to get some activities happening in the wonderful summer xmases that we have in Australia.

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  • Growing up one of my favourite memories is the activity or sport we always did as an extended family on Christmas Day, grandparents and all!


    • They really are the best memories those kind of family gathering on the festive season. :)

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  • We still bring out the old “Totem Tennis” that is years old, and we have great fun with it on Christmas Day. It’s something that people of all ages can use. And we take the dogs for a walk too, as they also need to work off their Xmas treats.

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  • I think we need to look into investing in some bikes, we dont actually have any here

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  • its great to get the kids out on their bikes over the Christmas holidays

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  • so true for all big events – birthdays, easter, school holidays and of course Christmas

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  • Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Interesting read -thanks for sharing

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  • This is a great article! thank you! So many ways to spend family day in tremendous fun

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  • Thanks for sharing these useful tips and ideas. :)

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  • it is harder to get that time in on Christmas Day when we spend so much time going from one set of parents to the other (grandparents)!

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