Play your favorite holiday music during each activity to add an extra level of cheer.
Day 1: Hold tree pose for 30 seconds (5X).
See kid-friendly yoga poses.
Day 2: Dance to holiday music for 3 minutes (3X). Ask students for song suggestions.
Day 3: Complete 20 squats (3X).
Day 4: Hold warrior pose for 30 seconds (5X).
Day 5: Present peekers (10X).
Push-ups: Strengthens arms, shoulders, and chest.
Start on your hands and knees – hands under shoulder and knees under hips.
Slowly bend your arms lowering your body, face and chest towards the floor to peek under the tree.
Slowly straighten arms keeping stomach muscles tight to protect back.
Day 6: Checking the chimney (30 seconds).
Climb an imaginary ladder: Improves cardiovascular fitness and strengthens coordination and balance.
Stand with feet shoulder width apart.
Move arms and legs as if you were climbing a ladder – keep stomach muscles tight and upper body tall.
Day 7: Complete 20 jumping jacks (3X).
Day 8: Snowman walk (20 seconds 2X).
Start with narrow wide marches.
Walk with feet shoulder width apart, moving arms back and forth (elbows bent). Continue for 10 seconds.
Move feet wider apart, knees slightly bent and continue to walk for 10 seconds.
Day 9: Reach for the ornaments (triangle pose, 5X).
Day 10: Candy cane twist (10X).
Do the twist. This strengthens legs and core muscles and improves circulation.
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent and arms out to the side (parallel to the floor).
Twist upper body to the left, lower body to the right, and reverse in a continuous motion – Keep stomach muscles tight and upper body tall.
Slowly twist down to the floor by slowly bending your knees while twisting upper and lower body.
Slowly rise up by straightening your knees while continuing to twist upper and lower body.
Day 11: Chair pose for 30 seconds (5X).
Day 12: Popcorn garland (30 seconds).
Crouch down into a little popcorn kernel, head tucked in towards the chest and arms folded across the front of the body.
Start jumping on the spot.
Continue jumping as the kernel gets bigger and bigger (standing up).
Healthy Holiday Challenge
It’s important to take time during the holiday season to reflect on things we may be thankful for and to celebrate how those things impact our health. To help make this easier, take the Holiday Challenge each week this December!