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Staying Active over the Holidays

This time of year means visiting with family and friends, attending holiday parties and giving gifts, so it can be difficult for most of us to stay active during the holidays. The good news is that staying active doesn’t have to be that hard; recruiting your friends and family can increase the fun, add motivation and create new traditions that can carry on from year to year. A good idea is to come up with alternatives to your regular workout and have fun with it!

This holiday season, the team at SIRC wishes everyone to stay happy, healthy and active so we have compiled articles and links that explore the fun and sometimes wacky winter sports to give you some ideas on how to stay active over the holidays.

For even more information, SIRC Members can login to check out some of the research regarding winter sports in our Member Resources section along the left bar.

Feature Articles

Fun with the Family

The winter provides endless ways for one to become creative, inventive and adaptive in modifying the elements. However, it is often difficult for kids to just "get out and play," especially in the winter when the daylight hours are shorter and there are fewer safe places where kids can engage in unstructured activity. But using the winter outdoors as a theme, parents can provide an opportunity for kids to experience some winter fun and physical activity. All you need is warm clothing and some creativity.

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Supplementary Articles

Fitness in the Family

Toboggan Games

Indoor Climbing: Fun for all!

Music and Apps for a Healthy Holidays!

Loading up your iPod with a new workout playlist? Try some holiday tunes! "Deck the Halls" may not be the first thing you think of when you're looking for heart-pumping beats, but there are a surprising number of holiday classics that make great workout songs. We ask the question: "What's on your workout playlist this month?"

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Supplementary Article

What's in a Playlist?

Apps for Appetites

Avoiding Holiday Overload


Think the days of following treasure maps to a chest of booty are gone forever? You’re right! Today’s treasure hunts are of the high-tech variety. If you or your family have a taste for treasure, technology, or just a love of adventure, then "geocaching" might be just the thing. Geocaching is an outdoor activity that is similar to a treasure hunt. The goal of the activity is to find hidden containers known as caches or geocaches using a portable satellite navigation device called a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.

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Supplementary Links

Family fun in the Great Outdoors

A High-Tech Treasure Hunt

Geocaching App

Wacky Winter Sports

Winter weather is upon us and millions of people will be hitting the slopes and skating across frozen ponds this year. But if you're looking for a more exciting way to experience Mother Nature this season, you're in luck. You can dive beneath icy waters or ride a kayak down a snowy mountainside, and if you still want to strap on a pair of skis, go ahead — just don't forget your parachute.

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Supplementary Articles

Wok Racing Causes Stir in Germany


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SIRC Holiday Hours

The SIRC office will be closed for the holiday season from Monday, December 24, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Regular business hours will resume on Wednesday January 2, 2013.

SIRC 2013 Research Award

SIRC is proud to announce the official launch of the 2013 SIRC Research Award. SIRC Invites Canadians associated with a Canadian University or degree granting institution to submit their original sport related research for consideration of the 2013 SIRC Research Award.

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