'12 Days Of Christmas' sports edition
On the 1st day of Christmas… you could take up a new sport. Whether it be snowboarding in the snowy mountains of France or judo in the school’s dojo room; it's always great to start something new.
On the 2nd day of Christmas… you could research a sporting inspiration. Keep setting yourself goals and use your sporting inspirations to inspire perseverance within yourself.
On the 3rd day of Christmas… enjoy yourself in the great outdoors. Let yourself relax by enjoying yoga in the park or taking a stroll in the winter air. I know it's cold but really, fresh air grants you the most satisfying of feelings.
On the 4th day of Christmas … challenge yourself in a sport you do and enjoy already. For example, by holding a plank for a minute more than normal. Push yourself- it is what leads to growth/ improvement.
On the 5th day of Christmas… do a Christmas themed sporting activity to get you in the Christmas spirit. For example, you could do the ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS Just Dance routine. Mariah will always leave you longing for Christmas to come sooner.
On the 6th day of Christmas… you could teach a family member or friend a sport you consider yourself an expert in. Take on the role in order to improve leadership skills and you could get gratitude from inspiring someone else to experience the same love that you feel for the sport. There are double benefits as they'll get the adrenalin rush from the sporting experience too.
On the 7th day of Christmas… you could go to watch a sport live. The atmosphere could inspire you to take up a team sport through the contagious excitement and exhilaration of live sports. Even if it does not inspire you to take up the sport it may inspire you to be an avid live sport observer; enjoying moments with friends doing something different is a good thing right?
On the 8th day of Christmas… beat the time. You could challenge yourself or your friends to walk/ run a certain distance in a quicker time for example. Reward yourself for achieving a better time (if that would increase your competitive spirit/ motivation).
On the 9th day of Christmas... you could watch a movie or documentary based on sports. There is nothing better than cosying up on a winter’s night to a movie. Just kick your feet up and watch Bend It Like Beckham, Marvellous or even Forrest Gump.
On the 10th day of Christmas... do the 10 minute MadFit Christmas dance party workout to get you fit and feeling positive for Christmas by letting yourself boogie; even if they are, dance like nobody’s watching!
On the 11th day of Christmas… you could try a new healthy snack, for example a fruity smoothie to boost your energy or a vegan brownie as a little treat.
On the 12th day of Christmas… you could dress up in a Christmas themed outfit and do a relay race with all your friends and family to celebrate the festive season. Alternatively, you could reflect on twelve things you have achieved this year; your mental health is as important as your physical health and being grateful and acknowledging the good is a great way to achieve positive mental health. It’s been a challenge but you did it; well done you!
Merry Christmas everyone and here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!
By Ethy Ttoffali