We all know how busy life can get – work, studies, errands, and the little things that add up and just occupy your time. Chinese New Year is one of those valuable opportunities for us to kick back, relax and spend time with our loved ones.
Apart from the family dinners and feasting during this festive season, there are also other things you could do as a family. After all, there are other ways of bonding, with fun and laughter thrown into the mix!
Go for post dinner walks
Once the tables are cleared and dishes are washed, go for a walk in your neighborhood. Engaging in light or moderate walking is an excellent way to rev up that metabolism and burn off those calories, as well as contribute to muscle and heart health. However, brisk walking is not suggested after consuming a heavy meal as it may cause indigestion. Do wait about 45 minutes to an hour to walk after a meal!
Crank up the music
Gather those whom you love and dance away to the tracks of your favourite Chinese New Year hits! Dancing has a wide range of physical and mental health benefits and it is great for improving the condition of your heart and lungs. Get the whole family involved, and dance away! You can even make a game of it.
Tag, you’re it!
We’ve all played this game, and it’s a great way to get some healthy activity in. Get both children and adults involved and it’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping and give you a good workout. Running around will also work up an appetite to enjoy the festive goodies, and also burn off those calories!
Host a craft party
Get handy and make some easy Chinese New Year crafts to decorate the house to get into the festive mood such as paper lanterns, Chinese paper fans and even give traditional calligraphy a go! There’s nothing quite as fun as gathering together in the pursuit of creativity. It’s a simple way of entertaining the kids (and adults) that is budget-friendly. Research shows making crafts will improve overall mental health and creativity!
Bond over prepping for reunion dinner
Get the whole family involved in the prep for dinner – from planning the menu, to grocery shopping, to cooking. The children will enjoy being involved and being ‘grown-up’, and you never know, grandma might spill the beans on her top-secret traditional recipes! Nothing beats having dinner at home and enjoying the warmth of family togetherness. And did you know that cooking burns 150 calories per hour?
There is wealth from spending time with your family to build stronger and richer bonds with each other! Sometimes all you need is 10 minutes to make a positive impact on family connectedness. So this Chinese New Year, get rid of your distractions, clear your schedules, and make new precious memories with your loved ones!