7 Ways to Be Active Outside

 
Warm weather is on its way, so take the chance to be active outdoors!  Spring is a great time to be active with the family while enjoying some fresh air.  Here are some activities you and your family can do together this spring:
  1. Go for a walk.  Walking is an easy and safe activity for all ages.  A 20-30 minute walk before or after dinner is a good way to boost your health and relax.  Walking is also a slow-paced activity, which means you can talk to your spouse, friends, or kids at the same time.  Try setting activity goals with kids while walking!
  2. Sports.  Sports, such as basketball and soccer, are fun and easy ways to stay active.  Your local park probably has a basketball hoop where you and your family can play.  If not, the open space is great for playing soccer -- you can even make goals out of trash cans or any other object!
  3. Scavenger hunt.  Set up teams and make a list of clues that lead to outside markers like a mailbox or a tree nearby.  Include things that require a lot of movement to find.
  4. Capture the Flag.  This is a fun game that combines activity with thinking.  If possible, choose hiding spots that involve some hills or other obstacles.  Here are the rules:  Capture the Flag.
  5. Hiking.  If you're up for a challenge, try taking a hike on one of our local trails. It is a great way to explore nature, and the changes along the trail make it fun, too.  You can even take a break in the middle and have a picnic with your family!
  6. Jump Rope Contests.  Jumping rope is a great physical activity for the heart.  The best part is they do not cost much or take up much space.  Pick a jump rope up at the local dollar store and have fun contests with the kids.  See who can make the best jumping combinations or who can jump the longest.
  7. Stretch it out.  Don't have much space?  Lay a blanket or a mat outside and take turns leading stretches with the family.  Create a series of stretches and see if the family can follow along!
Staying active is important, and including your family is a great way to do it.  As the warm weather comes, use these options to create a fun time for you and your family.

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