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This picture taken on January 17, 2013 shows 77-year-old retired teacher Gao Yinyu exercising in his underwear at a snow-covered bathing spot in Jilin, in northeastern China's Jilin province, in a temperature of minus 25 degrees Celsius. Gao has been exercising in only his underwear every morning for more than the past decade and has rarely caught cold ever since retirement. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT:

If hanging up the lights, putting up the tree and wrapping all those unruly presents hasn’t got your heart rate going yet, there are plenty of other things to do this Christmas season to burn a few more fruit cake calories.

During the colder months conventional exercise is usually the easiest and most readably available activity for most people. But if you find that going to the gym or track isn’t really working in your schedule consider heading outside to just be a kid again! Build a snowman, make an igloo, go sledding;  for the average 140 LB person sledding can burn up to 113 calories every 15 minutes!  Or go ice skating at a whooping 450 calories per hour. And the best part is you get to have fun while doing it! Don’t worry if you don’t really remember how to be a kid because teachers are everywhere to help you re-learn. Just watch what all the kids are doing and follow along.

While your outside in the cold don’t forget to layer your clothing with a base layer that breathes and wicks moisture from your body to help you stay dry. And of course like all exercise (yes this is considered exercise…can you believe it!) warm up your muscles, stretch and have a good time!

Happy Holidays!

Cathleen has a strong background in athletics in general, most of her life has been devoted to martial art and combat training. Her love for high impact/dangerous sports has provided her with the forced pleasure of learning the anatomy and physiology of the human body and about the human condition in conflict. Which later drove Cathleen to spend over a decade working parallel in the medical and fitness industry prior to dedicating all her avocational time to her career as a Health and Wellness Consultant.

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