Getting Physical Activity -- Outdoors!

The cold weather this winter has kept many of us inside trying to find ways to get physical activity.  Now that the weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer, it's a great time to find family activities to do outdoors.  There are many ways to get physical activity outside, around your house and neighborhood.  Here are just a few ideas that you can try with your family this spring.
  1. Take a nature walk or have a nature scavenger hunt.  Spring is a time when the flowers are blooming and many colors can be found in the neighborhood.  Take a walk around the neighborhood to see how many colors your family can find.  Or write down 10 things your family should look for while on the walk. 
  2. Bubbles.  Children love to play outside with bubbles.  An adult can blow the bubbles while children run to catch them.  To make homemade bubbles, mix a little dish detergent with water.
  3. Grow your own food.  Gardening is a great family activity that can involve everyone.  Even if you don't have a big yard, you can grow fruits and veggies on a porch or back deck.  To learn more about container gardening, visit here.
  4. Obstacle course.  Set up an obstacle course in the yard and have the family see who can finish the fastest.  Have different stations set up like jumping rope, jumping jacks, running backwards and toe touches to name a few!
  5. Play catch or tag -- with socks.  Kids love to play catch or tag.  Some kids are just learning how to catch, so to make it easier and safer, use a sock ball.  Kids can also use socks to play tag if you have kids that are different ages.
The spring is a great time to try new things with the family.  What is one activity that you plan to do with your family?


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