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Outdoor Activities to Keep Your Family Healthy and Fit

February 1, 2011

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When it comes to keeping your kids healthy and fit, winter is definitely the most challenging season. People’s moods change. The days are shorter. The weather is, shall we say, uncooperative.

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We hear it time and time again – in order for our kids to thrive, physical activity needs to be weaved into their daily lives. Recent statistics show:

  • 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese.
  • The likelihood of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, asthma, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer in children is increased by obesity.
  • Only 10% of schools offer daily physical education classes, and many of those don’t meet the time requirements of weekly exercise.
  • On average children spend 5 ½ hours a day on media driven sedentary activities.

Ideally, your child needs to be involved in a physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day. If you are going to be successful at incorporating exercise into your children’s daily routine, you need to get one thing straight: it shouldn’t feel like exercise. No drudgery allowed! If you choose activities that are amusing and exciting, getting your little one moving won’t be as much of a struggle.

Last month I gave you a couple of suggestions for indoor activities to keep your kids active, but you can reap tons of benefits by moving your family outside as well.

Here are 20 ideas for outdoor physical activity:

  1. Build a snow fort. Have a snow ball fight.
  2. Build a snowman.
  3. Make a snow angels.
  4. Take a walk and look for animal tracks.
  5. Play chase, tag, or hide and seek.
  6. Ride your bike or scooter or sled.
  7. Jump on a trampoline.
  8. Shovel snow.
  9. Build an igloo.
  10. Scavenger hunt for winter nature items.
  11. Ice skate.
  12. Go sledding down a hill.
  13. Shovel a snow path in the yard like a maze.
  14. Have a snowball battle.
  15. Play expedition. Pretend you are an explorer going to the North Pole.
  16. Pull someone or something in a wagon or on a sled.
  17. Take a nature hike.
  18. Power walk or jog.
  19. Conquer a Parcourse or fitness trail together.
  20. Organize a neighborhood race for children. Give out medals.

Remember, physical activity is good for YOU as well. So get out there and have a little fun!

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Jennifer Gerlock is a blogger, business women and a mom of two. When she’s not running a marathon, overseeing her marketing business or learning how to skateboard, she can be found documenting her fast-paced life on her blog; Hip As I Wanna Be. She’s never met a Twitter friend she didn’t like, so be sure to connect with her. She goes by @MammaMania@JenniferGerlock.

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We’d love to hear your fresh perspective!

  • Which of the above outdoor activities are you going to try first?
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Teresa permalink
    February 5, 2011 10:12 am

    Anyone have any kid friendly healthy treats using flatout?

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