WANT EVEN MORE HEALTHY IDEAS FROM SHAPE YOUR FUTURE?


Staying active throughout 2020 has already required some creativity. The shorter days and colder weather just add another layer. However, daily physical activity is essential for good health … and it’s never been more important. It strengthens your immune system, so you’re less likely to get sick. It helps you maintain a healthy weight, and it even helps reduce anxiety and depression. So don’t give physical activity the cold shoulder this winter. Brrr-ing on the holiday family fun with these 7 safe, totally free winter family activities.

Play Catch

Young boy throwing football

This year, tackle a new fitness goal (but not each other). Play a game of catch with a baseball, football or frisbee! Get the whole family involved — and invite a small group of friends and neighbors, too. Be sure to keep a safe distance from each other and hydrate with plenty of healthy, refreshing water.

Holiday Lights

House with Christmas tree lights

Holiday lights are up and they’re shining brighter than Rudolph’s nose. Instead of driving around to see them, hoof it around the neighborhood. It’s a holly, jolly way for your entire family to get 60 minutes of movement.

Play in the Snow

Family sledding in snow

When the snowflakes fall this winter, hop up and get outside! Build a snowman or a snow fort — or find a hill and go sledding. By getting 60 minutes of physical activity every day, your family’s health will snowball into a brighter, happier future.

Dance Party

Young girl listening to music and dancing

If it’s cold out, move in! Warm up this winter by turning up some music and dancing. Put your right foot in, take your right foot out, start a conga line or twist and shout. Just be sure your kids move for at least 60 minutes each day.

Noodle Tag

Foam play noodles

If you’ve ever wished you had a Go-Go Gadget arm, today’s your lucky day! Play a game of freeze tag — no physical contact required. Instead of tagging other participants with your hands, use soft, bendy pool noodles instead.

Rearrange the Furniture

You child helping move furniture

Liven up your living room for an easy indoor exercise. Have your kids move end tables and chairs — or help them find a new space for the couch. Rearranging is an easy way to work your muscles, and it can bring new life to your home — especially since you’ve been stuck at home more than usual. Plus, it’s a chance to finally clean underneath all those heavy items!

Indoor Obstacle Course

Young girl crawling under table

While you’re rearranging the furniture, set up an obstacle course! Line up a row of chairs for your kids to crawl under and couch cushions to jump on, or tape yarn in between hallways and have them ninja their way through! It’s a fun idea to keep the whole family’s health on course!

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