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kids dancingIt’s early March and winter is slowly coming to an end. We’re getting closer and closer to spring, but not close enough for me! As the saying goes, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Knowing that warmer days are around the corner can make cabin fever feel even worse. None of the options look good – we are either stuck inside or cold outside. We can’t skip to spring, but we can kick cabin fever. There are many ways to get active and moving that can make being indoors more fun. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Have a dance party! Turn on some music that you and your kids like and dance along with them.
  2. Have a race. See who can scoot, crab walk, crawl, hop, skip or jump the fastest from one area to another. For an extra challenge, bundle up and move the race outside—you’ll warm up in no time!
  3. Watch a movie and get up and dance to the songs, or get up and walk whenever the main character does.
  4. Use soup cans as weights and do a few basic arm exercises.
  5. Play a game where you tip toe through the house for 5 minutes every hour. (If you have neighbors below you, they’ll love this one!)
  6. If you’re watching TV, use commercial breaks to do sit-ups, push-ups, yoga poses or other physical activity.
  7. Move like your favorite animal. Instead of walking, move like the animal whether it’s prancing like a deer or galloping like a horse.
  8. Get creative with your kids. Ask them if they have done some kind of fun active game at day care or school and do it at home.

What are your favorite ways to stay active indoors?  Let us know.  In the meantime, stay warm! 

Written by:  Elisabeth Offenberger.

 Elisabeth is a Simmons College Dietetic Intern working with the Massachusetts WIC Program.

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