It may be tempting to forgo the lines and just order your holiday gifts (Need some fit gift ideas? We got ’em here!) from the ol’ interwebs, but we have found a serious perk to actually getting out of the house and into the stores: extra activity. While shopping can’t really be considered as a “serious” workout, it’s definitely better for you than sitting in front of the computer—and we have a few tips to make your holiday shopping sprees even healthier. So get those reusable shopping bags ready and let’s get to moving!
7 Tips for Active Shopping
1. Bring the kids (if you don’t have any, borrow some). If your kids are young, you’ll want to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible, as you never know when the little ones will have a public meltdown or throw a fit because…well, they don’t really need reasons, do they? So speed shop for cardio. Bonus points for pushing a stroller or cart full of kids and gifts.
2. Park far away. You’ve heard this one a million times, but seriously. Instead of battling for a parking spot by the door, save your sanity and your waistline and park far, far away. You’ll get an extra walk to the store and avoid those parking-lot crazies who waste 10 minutes driving around looking for a spot when they could have just parked a little farther away in half the time. (Personal pet peeve…)