Don’t let colder temperatures and fewer daylight hours keep you from meeting the goal of an hour of physical activity per day. Use the ideas below to help you create a fall and winter fitness bucket list.
❏ Rake leaves.
❏ Walk a pumpkin patch or apple orchard.
❏ Hike a local trailway—in mud or snow for an extra workout.
❏ Shovel snow.
❏ Design your own obstacle course: jump over a pile of leaves, run to the mailbox, hula hoop, skip 10 paces, do 3 jumping jacks…
❏ Bundle up and visit a playground.
❏ Use a friend’s guest pass to an indoor fitness center.
❏ Swim laps at the indoor pool or take in a water fitness class at Indy Island or your neighborhood YMCA.
❏ Play “Red Rover.”
❏ Walk the neighborhood to admire holiday decorations.
❏ Turn up the radio and have a family dance party.
❏ Go sledding.
❏ Sweep and mop the floors. Make it more fun with music.
❏ Try a yoga video (check the library, YouTube, or your favorite video provider for free rentals).
❏ Create your own indoor circuit: running in place, sit-ups, push-ups, lunges. Or get your laps in at the local mall.
❏ Visit an indoor trampoline park.
❏ Go ice skating at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
❏ Climb stairs at home, work, or a public venue. Repeat until you hit a designated target number on your pedometer.
❏ Try a GoNoodle video with your family at home.
❏ Create a baseball- or kickball-like game using balloons and empty wrapping paper tubes.
❏ Find a spot to jump rope safely indoors.
Bottom line: don’t overlook that goal of one hour of physical activity per day, and be sure that adults are setting a good example for children to follow.
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Post a photo on social media of your family’s favorite way to stay active when the temperatures drop. Tag us @jumpinforhealthykids and include the hashtag #5210 to inspire others to meet that 1 hour per day goal.
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