TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Imagine doing seven days of physical exercise that your body is not accustomed to doing.
That's exactly what kids and parents had a chance to participate in at Healthworks! this past week.
It's called the "Dog Days of December": seven days of learning designed to educate people while having fun at the same time.
"We did pretend snowball fights and ice skating with the little shoebox tops," adds Tisha Wallace, Tupelo resident. "We [also] made mittens."
The activities were an opportunity for people to practice physical exercise by doing things ranging from an inflatable obstacle course to a dance contest, and even a snowman relay.
"In doing that we're hoping to give everybody an opportunity work out and celebrate New Year's and the holidays in a healthy way," added Mike Weeks, captain at HealthWorks!.
"The point is to get them off the couch out of the house [so they're] not watching TV and playing video games," adds Kiersten Seward, captain of the universe for HealthWorks!. "Get them in here [to] do some physical activty and have fun."
After seven days of the Dog Days of December, there was a New Year's celebration pegged as an event where families and kids of all ages can gather and celebrate 2013 in a safe environment.
"A lot of times with the kids, it's so late when [people celebrate New Year's]," adds Abby Wallace, captain of the universe for HealthWorks!. "This gives them an opportunity to celebrate and have fun and have a safe way to do it instead of all the stuff that could be unsafe."
"This is kind of our pre-celebration. It's a way for the kids to come have fun, just to celebrate," added Seward. "[They can] ring in the New Year's and just be thinking about a really healthy new year."
Which is where new resolutions come in. As people make a push to get fit and stay in shape, sticking with the plan after a few months is a major challenge for so many people.
"One of the biggest things is find something you really enjoy, because if you don't enjoy the exercise and physical activty you're doing, you're not going to stick with it," adds Seward. "I just encourage everybody to find something they enjoy and stick with it."