5 Healthy Activities To Add to Your Holiday Plans

Dec. 1, 2022

Making small changes to your day can have a big difference on your health. Simple adjustments to routines can be easier to start and maintain than huge lifestyle changes. You don’t have to wait until New Year’s. Start this holiday season by adding these healthy activities to your to-do list:  

1. Walk and admire the lights.

Going for a 10-minute walk is a good way to add movement to your day to improve mood and boost mental health. This season, take a walk to look at holiday lights. Events like the Holiday Lights on the River at Saluda Shoals Park* or the Nights of a Thousand Candles at Brookgreen Gardens* have walking trails so you can admire the lights on foot.

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2. Participate in a 5K.

Sign up with family or friends to run or walk a holiday 5K. This season, many local races* have holiday themes and encourage family participation. Walking a 5K, which is 3.1 miles, will take an average walker about an hour. This low-impact exercise is a great way to add movement to your family time. 

3. Opt for outside.

There is a state park in almost every county in the state, which makes enjoying nature easy no matter where you live. Spending time outside is proven to be good for your health. Many South Carolina state parks* have holiday events* planned. Grab your family or friends and head to a nearby park for quality time in South Carolina’s natural resources. 

4. Plan to play.

Playing doesn’t have to stop when you reach adulthood. Playing games outside is just as good for adults as it is for children. Start a game of tag football in your backyard with your friends or family, or grab a ball and play low-impact kickball. Take up tennis, or go for a bike ride. Find something you enjoy and go play!* 

5. Disconnect and reconnect.

Prioritizing your mental health is just as important as prioritizing your physical health. This holiday season, put away your phone and turn off social media. Take the time to engage with your friends and family in person. Spending quality time with people you love without technology interfering can boost your mood and mental health. In fact, it is critically important* for your health. 


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