Holiday Health and Wellness Activities

You’re invited to join us for a mini-challenge to stay healthy in spirit, mind, and body this holiday season!

Don’t wait until the new year to (re)start your healthy living routine! The 8 Days of Holiday Health will challenge you to get moving or keep up your current momentum during the final days of the year. Our YMCA locations will be closed from December 24–26 to give Y team members time to spend with their families, so The 8 Days of Holiday Health is our gift to you! We’re providing ideas for activities you can do between December 23–31.

Daily Activities

Check out a variety of activities we encourage you to complete during the 8 Days of Holiday Health! Use these eight days at the end of the year to help get a jumpstart on your healthy living resolutions for next year.

Yoga Session

Follow along with Trish, Frank DeLuca Y team member, as she guides you through a relaxing yoga routine.

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Osteo-Pilates Mat Workout

Bre’Elle, Winter Park Y team member, leads a workout that’s geared toward those who need back strengthening exercises.

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Work up a sweat with Y team member Shaw as she takes you through a fast-paced BODYCOMBAT routine.

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Kickboxing Workout

Watch Y team member Rich guide you through a kickboxing class. Don’t worry, you can take this class at your own pace!

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Holiday Yogurt Bark

If you’re looking for a lighter alternative to chocolate bar, try our recipe for holiday yogurt bark with fresh fruit!

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Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Elevate a popular comfort dish with just a few simple steps! This recipe takes your snack/side to the next level.

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Christmas Message

Listen to a Christmas message from Pastor Chad Garmon, YMCA of Central Florida VP of Christian Initiatives.

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Blog: Drawing Your Family’s Heart Back to Center

Grow closer together in hard times and strengthen your shared bonds of faith, family, and hope.

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Random Acts of Kindness

In addition to staying active, we have random acts of kindness you can do each day of the challenge. Spread some joy this holiday season!

1 Wait a Little Longer

If you’re not in a rush, let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store or shop.

2 Hold the Door

Hold the door open for someone next time you come in or out of a building.

3 Pay it Forward

Next time you go to the drive-thru, pay from someone’s coffee or beverage.

4 Lend a Helping Hand

Offer to run an errand for a loved one and help them cross something off their list.

5 Get in Touch

Take a moment to send a loved one a positive, thoughtful message.

6 Get Creative in the Kitchen

Share a holiday recipe with friends and family. If you’re able to, try preparing it with them as well!

7 Show Gratitude

It may seem simple, but brighten someone’s day by remembering to say thank you.

8 Support the Y while You Shop

Designate the YMCA of Central Florida as your AmazonSmile charity!