February 12, 2020

5 indoor activities to stay active as a family

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It can be harder to stay active when you’ve got to stay inside. Here’s how to keep the family moving in the great indoors.

Not only will participating in physical activity burn a few extra calories, but it can also promote family bonding and create lifelong memories. Encourage your kiddos to put down the TV remote and try one of these fun and engaging indoor activities instead:

1. Do some exergaming

Thanks to video game technology such as PlayStation Move and Nintendo Wii, staying active indoors just got a whole lot easier. Whether you are in search of a customized cardio workout, competitive soccer game or a casual game of bowling, exergaming provides an excellent opportunity to get those muscles working and enjoy doing so. And the best part? You and the kiddos may not even realize that you are exercising! Now that’s a bonus.

2. Dance it out

Not only is dance a unique way to stay active, but it is also a great stress reliever and promotes self-expression. Create an upbeat playlist, turn up today’s hits and get movin’. Check out YouTube to find kids’ dance fitness videos for inspiration.

3. Build an indoor obstacle course

Indoor obstacle courses can include exercise equipment (think jump ropes, light dumbbells), everyday household items or a combination of both. To get started, set up various stations such as hula-hoop jumping, spontaneous dance or bozo buckets. The possibilities are endless!

4. Hit the deck

The fit deck, that is! You can either order one ready-to-go or make your own out of index cards or even an old deck of cards. Take turns drawing cards and modeling the activities — supermans, squats, inchworms, star jumps and the like — for each other, or turn  it into a challenge. Either way, you’ll get exercise and a dose of team-building, to boot.

5. Get app-y

Some screen time is OK — especially the kind that gets you moving! On the App Store and Google Play, you’ll find plenty of family-focused fitness apps, like Super Stretch Kids Yoga and GoNoodle. With NFL Play 60, a partnership between the NFL and the American Heart Association designed to encourage kiddos to get 60 minutes of on-your-feet activity, sports enthusiasts can choose a football player avatar and do mini-exercises to earn points. Teens can try Nike Training Club, which comes loaded with workouts — HIIT, yoga, strength training and mobility — led by Nike Master Trainers and often branded with names like Serena Williams and Cristiano Ronaldo.