How to stay healthy and fit during the Chinese New Year festive season with some physical activity and exercise.
Yes, it is possible to maintain an active routine during the festive season, despite having to rush around to visit family and friends. In addition, check out the following tips for other little things you can do to keep in shape.
Get ready for the New Year by getting fit. A higher metabolic rate will help fend off some of the extra calories that are bound to tempt you. Your immune system will get a boost, too. Nobody wants to be ill over the New Year—that wouldn’t be auspicious!
Make use of the weeks before Chinese New Year to kick-start your fitness by trying out different activities. Besides putting you on the road to better health, it will also help you decide on an activity you feel happy to engage in regularly. Be it jogging, kickboxing or yoga, develop a regular exercise routine so that it will be easier to keep going during the holiday.
Don’t know where to start? How about trying a fitness class at one of HPB’s
MOVE IT Programmes which includes various types of physical activity, such as aerobic, strength, balance, and flexibility. From Active Family, Quick HIIT and Sunrise In The City, to Sundays @ the Park and many more, these free programmes are available island-wide throughout the week. If you’ve never heard of Bokwa Fitness or Piloxing, or if you’ve always wanted to pick up some Yoga or K-pop moves, the action’s just around the corner.
Chinese New Year preparations invariably involve spring-cleaning. Rather than face the deed with dread, make housework part of your exercise regime! Work up a sweat vacuuming and mopping; tone your arms and legs with all that scrubbing, polishing of windows, beating of rugs and shifting of furniture. Blast some dance music on the radio, and incorporate some Zumba or bhangra moves as you clean. You’d be surprised to find how dusters and mops make fun dance partners.
Related: How to Survive Chinese New Year Feasts
Make it your goal to move often throughout the day and break up prolonged sedentary periods with any level of physical activity. It is easier than you think when all these activities add up, especially at a time when outings to the market become more frequent, and many venues host festive fairs. So much to see, so much to do… best of all, having to move often gives you an incentive to trawl the malls more, for that perfect Chinese New Year outfit!
Here are a couple of links to inspire your next step:
Make a conscious effort to carve out time for exercise during the holiday, plan ahead for what you want to do, and when. This may mean waking up half an hour earlier for some yoga or squeezing in a jog before the family dinner on busy days.
Half the battle is won when you schedule exercise into your calendar. Seeing it written down as something that needs to be done will help strengthen your fitness resolution. Your workout might even turn out to be some “me-time” to look forward to as a break from all the relatives!
Once the festivities start, it’s not all about munching your way from house to house. As far as possible, try to keep to your planned exercise schedule. However, if you’ve had to skip your morning jog, here are some tips on making it up:
Related: Healthy Christmas and Chinese New Year Food
Now that you’re done facing your extended family’s inquiries, you can relax—but not too much. Don’t give those love letters a chance to turn into love handles!
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This article was last reviewed on
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